AN ENORMOUS sculpture of a gorilla highlighting the current climate debate is on display in Oswestry.

As well as being an incredible piece of art, the 12ft sculpture – made entirely from scrap car bumpers and panels found over the last decade – aims to highlight the impact of the motor industry on the climate and the ‘critical decline’ of the gorilla.

The artwork, entitled Gorilla Apocalypse, is the brainchild of Welsh artist and sculptor Luke Kite, and it will now take pride of place at the British Ironwork Centre (BIC) near Oswestry.

And now due to the sheer magnitude of the project – both the sculpture and the important message it brings – the gorilla has made national news.

Chairman and founder of the BIC, Clive Knowles, has spoken of the very important message about the car industry that the sculpture aims to deliver.

“It’s all about taking the car manufacturers to task,” said Clive.

“Along with the supporting banks and governments – over not speeding up sufficiently enough to remove plastic from their manufacturing lines and removing diesel and petrol vehicles from our streets.

“It’s our intention to use this sculpture to petition the global car brands, the banks and the governments, to accelerate their efforts in doing far, far more to reduce the impact on the planet and all the endangered species that we are losing daily.”

The BIC hopes that the gorilla will act as a catalyst and an eye-opener for industries, but also as a ‘point of tuition’ to educate children and young people about environmental issues.

A petition urging the Government to reduce ‘harmful’ car production will be available for visitors to sign.