Following the success of Christchurch’s Pop Up Penguins art trail in 2020/2021 and Christchurch Stands Tall’s Giraffes in 2014, we are delighted partner with the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust and Andersen Press to bring an Elmer the Patchwork Elephant sculpture trail to Christchurch in the summer of 2023/2024.
30 large Elmer sculptures, individually designed by professional and emerging artists, are now displayed in Christchurch and surrounding towns.
The trail is supported by a learning programme enabling children and young people to also participate in this highly visible, family-friendly trail with mini Elmer sculptures.
Following the end of the trail, a charity auction of the sculptures will raise funds for the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust. At any one time, the Trust is assessing, supporting and rehabilitating over 1000 Cantabrians with brain, spinal or other complex injuries.
Follow the trail
Download the official Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail app to get the most out of your trail experience.
Track down each sculpture with the interactive map, collect exciting rewards along the way, upload your photos and lots more.
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.
About Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust
The Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust supports those impacted by brain injury in Canterbury and the surrounding regions. It is the only provider like this in the South Island and one of only three across New Zealand.
The charity is made up of 220 specialised staff including speech language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, dietitians and social workers who work together to provide an integrated approach to rehabilitation and recovery.