A Herd Of Colourful Elephant Sculptures Has Marched Into South London

A Herd Of Colourful Elephant Sculptures Has Marched Into South London

A trail of colourful elephant sculptures has been unveiled to mark the 30th anniversary of children's book Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Ten of the psychedelic pachyderms have appeared at — aptly — Elephant Park in Elephant & Castle in tribute to David McKee's fictional creature, and are free to view. They were designed by local community groups and artists, from primary schools to pensioners.

Each of the sculptures has a special anagram for people following the trail to solve. Once you've puzzled them all out, enter your answers on the Elephant Park website, and you might win a special Elmer prize.

When the trail comes to an end in October, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for local causes.

The celebrations ramp up a notch on Thursday 29 August,when there's a free day of activities including an Elmer-themed tea party, craft activities and theatre performances. We've also heard a rumour that Elmer himself might make an appearance...

David McKee, author and creator of Elmer The Patchwork Elephant, said:

It has been fantastic to see Elmer go off on his own adventures over the past 30 years, but never has he appeared in his namesake, Elephant Park. I can’t wait to see generations of Londoners coming together in Elephant Park to see these colourful, inspiring, brilliant sculptures based on Elmer.

Elmer's Big Art Parade is at Elephant Park until the end of October 2019. It's free to visit.

Last Updated 16 August 2019