Elmer at the Elephant

Elephant Park, Elephant and Castle
3 March 22  – 31 December 22

Elmer at the Elephant

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, David McKee’s beloved children’s book character, returned to Elephant Park, London; where a colourful trail of community-designed statues were found ahead of 2022 World Book Day, for all to enjoy.

Elmer is a renowned champion of diversity and inclusivity; he helps to teach children to accept each other’s differences and celebrate our uniqueness. To echo this, the herd of Elmers in the trail were designed by a range of community groups and artists local to the area in 2019. Primary schools, pensioners, youth groups and local residents were all involved in the design of the sculptures, which can be found around Elephant Park, just a five minute walk from Elephant & Castle station.

The ten sculptures were originally on display from 9 August until 29 October 2019 around Elephant Park and the surrounding area, including Trafalgar Place, South Gardens, Walworth Square and Sayer Street

Back in Elephant Park to tie in with World Book Day on 3 March 2022, participants in the self-guided trail will be able to download a map, or pick up a copy at the Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library, which is also the start of the trail. As you seek out all 10 Elmers, the trail will lead you around Elephant Park, taking in aspects such as the new two-acre park, and popular rocky landscape and water feature, Elephant Springs.

The public art installation is at Elephant Park for the foreseeable future.

About Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer remains one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time, selling over 10 million copies worldwide since it was first published by Andersen Press in 1989.

Written and illustrated by celebrated children’s author and artist David McKee, the Elmer books have been translated into more than 60 languages and now new books, toys and clothing add to the world of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

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