This design is the result of a staff competition at Paignton Zoo. The inspiration came from the night sky, and in particular the night sky in Zimbabwe which is so clear you can see a truly amazing number of stars; it’s an incredible sight. The design features constellations which represent animals such as the hare, lion, peacock, and includes mythical beasts such as the unicorn which stands behind the Indian rhino. The background to the constellations includes the Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
About the artist
Sue Misselbrook was trained in Practical Art Work for two years at art school, in Cambridge. She then undertook three years further education training at Dartington College of Art and Rolle College before qualifying as an art specialist teacher for middle schools.
Afterwards, Sue went on to teach Art in secondary school for five years and to work as a ‘housemother’ at Dartington Hall School, for nine years. It was following this period of time in education that Sue came to Paignton Zoo to cover a member of staff’s maternity leave. That was over 25 years ago...and she has never left!
In that time, Sue has produced labels for animal enclosures and large wood relief panels for the Rhino House and Ape Centre, mosaics, wall paintings and decorative routering in wood and artists impressions among many, many other things. In addition, she undertakes freelance work producing village signs and parish maps as well as illustrations for book covers.
She likes to think ‘outside the box’ and work with others, considering different uses for a variety of materials.