Lumbering Beast Of Westminster

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By M@ Last edited 142 months ago
Lumbering Beast Of Westminster
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Now here’s something you don’t see every day. Unless you’re Sean Ryder. A time-travelling, 42-tonne, 40-foot high mechanical elephant is coming to the streets of London. Yes, you read that correctly. The Sultan’s Elephant sounds both incredible and non-credible, but appears to be true. The mechanoid pachyderm will make slow but steady progress around Westminster’s streets for four days next month, in what is billed as the largest piece of free theatre ever seen. That’s like a building the size of Marble Arch taking a wander along our roads. Ken’s no doubt busy trying to work out whether robot elephants are eligible for the congestion charge.

So will Elephant & Castle and Piccadilly Circus finally live up to their names? Will several trunk roads have to be closed? Organisers Royal de Luxe are keeping the details sketchy at the moment, but you can sign up here for updates and read the back-story here.

The Sultan’s Elephant comes to town from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 May.

Last Updated 26 April 2006

Ham

Wonderful! Thanks for that - absolutely perfect. I've been collecting London's Elephants on my blog. (Any other suggestions for the list welcomed, I'm down to my last three - gone up to four now)

M@

Hey, no problem, Ham. I can think of several more elephants off the top of my head. The building opposite the RSA on John Adam Street (near the Strand) has some elephant heads at first-storey level. Also, if you go to Camden, there's an old IPA brewery building which has an elephant head on it. Can't remember the exact address - somewhere near Sainsburys. There's also the Elephant & Castle pub in the area of the same name, and a pub called Elephant on Fenchurch Street, both of which have elephant statuettes outside them.

Ems

I'm sorry to be such a geek after such an excellent blog but circus as in Piccadilly, Oxford etc, has nothing to do with circuses in the modern sense but a circular area at a road junction.

M@

Hey, Ems, we'd never let a bit of accuracy get in the way of a pun.

BTW, nice blog. Never visited it before. I did the Regents Canal walk a few days ago and took almost exactly the same photos as you.

Ham

Thanks Mat, I'm still working on the 3-D elephants for the moment, the statuettes sound good! The others I have bagged are: Waterloo Jubille Line, Albert Memorial (asia) and - obviously - Elephant and castle. I understand there is an Elephant hedge in Stroud Green, too.

john k

..according to the story on their website (look away if you dont want the ending spoilt) birds will errupt from the heart of the elephant..(H5N1 permitting)..could this be nothing more than a Trojan Horse for Pigeons trying to reclaim Trafalgar Square? Whatever the motive, I'm in, it looks ace.