Next summer from July – September 2016 Sheffield will be home to over 40 individually designed elephants in order to raise money and awareness for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. The event is a collaboration between the Children’s Hospital and Wild In Art and will bring together local artists, businesses, community groups, schools and education establishments.
The way it works is as follows:
- Businesses, community groups, establishments & individuals are asked to sponsor a blank elephant sculpture.
- Artists both well known and undiscovered are asked to submit their designs for an elephant. The designs are shown to the sponsors who select a design to be commissioned by one of the local artists.
- Schools and colleges can also join in by coming up with their own designs for a smaller elephant sculpture.
- Over 40 individually designed elephants go on display throughout Sheffield in the streets, parks and public spaces for all to enjoy.
- The elephants are then sold off at a charity auction with proceeds going to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.
The first elephant has been designed by our good friend George Law who did a fantastic job in his signature playful, free hand, doodle style which was unveiled a couple of weeks ago in the Winter Gardens. Other Sheffield artists confirmed to be contributing to the event are Tado, Pete McKee and Kid Acne.
The deadline for design submissions is 11th Dec 2015, the shortlist will be announced in February and the artists chosen in March. The artists then have from April until June 2016 to paint their elephants.
Wild In Art have been running similar events all over the country for a while now, from Rhinos in Southampton and Gorillas in Bristol to Owls in Birmingham and Toads in Hull. The events are always a fantastic way of engaging the local communities with the local artistic talent as well as raising money for worthy causes.
In case you were wondering why we got elephants in Sheffield then wonder no more, it was decided as an homage to Lizzie, Sheffield’s very own elephant who carted steel through the city during the First World War as all the horses had been deployed in the military. As 2016 will be the 100 year anniversary of Lizzie starting her life in Sheffield this seemed like the appropriate way to celebrate her life and how much she helped Sheffield during that period.
So make sure you have a wander around town next summer and follow the trail. If you’re a local Sheffield artist, business, organisation or just want to get involved head over the the Herd Of Sheffield website to see how you can do just that.
For some closer detail images of George’s elephant check below…