Forthcoming and Ongoing Public Events


Nextra-terrestrial – a giraffe sculpture for auction.
Nextra-terrestrial is a 2.5 metre high giraffe sculpture made of coated fibreglass, surface painted by UK artist Ingrid Sylvestre. She was commissioned for Colchester Zoo’s ‘Stand Tall’ 50th year celebrations and the sculpture will be auctioned for the Zoo’s Action for the Wild charity on 19th September by Colchester auctioneers Reeman Dansie.
Nextra-terrestrial’s surface depicts giraffe characters The Neckmanns created by artist-writer Ingrid. They are shown outside their home, Necky Knoll House in Giraffe World, a ‘giraffified’ planet in Camelopardalis Constellation.
The Neckmann family with their stories, artwork and music have an enthusiastic and growing following through all age groups. Ingrid is a popular storyteller at events and aims to have a series of books published followed by film.
An integral part of the stories is that the giraffe characters can communicate with humans via the ‘Interneck’, (dad giraffe Raph G. Neckmann has a popular blog, Raph’s Ramblings), and the giraffes can also access our world through secret portals. For the duration of Colchester Zoo’s Stand Tall event Nextra-terrestrial has a role of portal, in that she and her characters (fictitiously!) come alive when no humans are around and she has her own blog and twitter account.
Nextra-terrestrial is a very attractive sculpture and would make a ‘nexcellent’ well-loved feature in a family home or public space. Additionally, (if Ingrid’s determined and passionate following of her motto ‘Stick Your Neck Out For Your Dreams’ brings great success!), she could become a valuable collectors’ item.

For information about the auction on 19th September, please visit Reeman Dansie at:
Nextra-terrestrial’s blog has more images, information and back stories about the giraffe characters, plus information and links for Colchester Zoo’s Stand Tall event and charity:

Ingrid Sylvestre Art 

Email: IngridSylvestreArt[at]gmail[dot]com

Giraffe collectors can big for Nextra-terrestrial sculpture at auction 19 Sept 2013
Giraffe collectors can bid for Nextra-terrestrial giraffe sculpture at auction 19th Sept 2013


Forthcoming Public Events

Current  Recent Exhibition:
Ingrid Sylvestre artist Durham North East UK Environmental artist environmental change landscape artist fine artist illustrator writer composer speaker

Nexhibition: The Neckmanns of Giraffe World
at University of Durham Botanic Garden
10th May - 8th June 2012

Saturday 12th May 2012
University of Durham Botanic Garden

From 10am until 12 noon, Ingrid will be in the glasshouses with giraffe characters Necky Becky and friends! There will be stories at 10am and 11am, each lasting about 6 minutes - suitable for younger children. In between and after the stories there will be art activities and music too.


Ongoing Events

Ingrid is painting a mural featuring her globally-known giraffe characters in the entrance to Durham Market.

Visitors to Durham Market will be able to see the mural grow as Ingrid gradually adds more and more characters and items from Giraffe World.

7th March 2012

Further work on the giraffe mural! 

The walls of the market entrance are being painted, and Ingrid has drawn archways above the giraffes to delineate their area.

Added to the mural are more giraffe creatures and accessories!

And the details have been added to Necky Becky.

Ingrid Sylvestre: Wedding Caricaturist, Party Caricatures, Fun Days and Corporate Events Caricaturist, covering Durham, Country Durham, Tyne & Wear, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Teesside, Darlington, Sunderland, throughout the North East and the UK.