Pink Elephants on Parade

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time in London since coming home. Whilst visiting Baker Street one fair afternoon I stumbled upon a curious sculpture of an elephant, painted to look like Sherlock Holmes. I have a love for Sherlock Holmes, elephants and curious oddities so I was curious to find out more.

Turns out its a public art and charity fundraising thing going on across London. There are over 250 of these lovely sculptures (258 to be precise) spread out everywhere from Hyde Park to Selfridges to Westminster. I feel a challenge!

Each elephant has a different theme, is created by a different artist and sponsored by a company. At the beginning of July they will all be auctioned off at Sothebys, with the intention of raising both money and awareness for the plight of the Asian elephant.

Elephant Family is a small but hugely ambitious charity working to save the Asian elephant from extinction in the wild. Registered in 2002, Elephant Familyhas developed into a lean and focused force for the endangered Asian elephant. Acutely aware of overcrowding in the charity sector, we exist out of urgent necessity due to a serious lack of investment and attention going into elephant conservation.

So, has anyone else seen these lurking about? I’ve currently hit the 49 mark on elephant hunting and am determined to get them all over the coming months.

You can check out more photos of the ones I’ve found on my flickr set: Elephant Parade 2010

Check out http://www.elephantparadelondon.org/index.html to find out how you can help!

Me with Tara - the elephant that started it all!

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~ by franhaselden on May 18, 2010.

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