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Manbench Industries; Purveyors of general mayhem since 1994, a blog to follow the crazed, possibly deranged projects and emotive musings, of an undergraduate engineer, and an apprentice organ builder who have always felt they were born in the wrong age. Follow us as we, re-write history, learn lost skills, discover strange new worlds, break things, rant at things, mend things, make new things and generally find ways of passing the day instead of doing "proper work" !

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Engineers In Unusual Forms II: Gorizambard Kingdom Brunel

The second exciting installment of 'Engineers In Unusual Forms' brings you the fantastic model of Gorizambard Kingdom Brunel! Last summer, for the 175th anniversary of it's opening, Bristol Zoo produced a set of 61 full size Gorillas and 90 miniature ones around Bristol. They were all decorated by various teams of people from around the Bristol area and after the exhibit finished, were auctioned off to raise money for the upkeep of the Zoo.

One of the most popular of the Gorillas was based on the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was placed on one of the entrances to his fantastic Clifton Suspension Bridge. 

When the gorillas were auctioned off, a total of £427,300 was raised for the zoo funds. Of all the gorillas sold, Gorizambard reached the highest figure, bringing in a fantastic £23,000! Yet more evidence to show engineers are some of the most widely esteemed people and showing the close links we Bristolian feel towards Brunel!

The Engineer.

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