Creative event producers Wild in Art are teaming up with Andersen Press to bring Elmer’s Big Art Parades to Britain’s towns and cities in 2019.
Specially commissioned artists have transformed the first six 1.1m tall blank sculptures, which will join hundreds more sculptures on parades in visually stunning trails of art in 2019, 30 years since Elmer was first brought to life in a book.
I painted the classic Elmer The Patchwork Elephant, an instantly recognisable representation of the world’s most colourful elephant. Written and illustrated by celebrated children’s author and artist David McKee, Elmer was published by Andersen Press in 1989 and the brightly coloured patchwork elephant now features in a number of original stories, activity books, toys and on clothing.
The locations for the public art trails, funded by corporate sponsors and raising money for charity will be announced over the next few months. I was honoured to be able to paint the classic Elmer the Patchwork Elephant sculpture alongside other designs painted by artists TADO, Kitty McCall, Charlotte Audrey, Mik Richardson and Lois Cordelia.