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'Azalea' Elephant sculpture, Worcester

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Location: Cripplegate Park, 2021. Worcester's Big Parade

For eight weeks in the summer of 2021, Worcester was brought to life by a parade of decorated elephant sculptures. Elephants – both big and small – formed a free art trail through the city’s streets and open spaces, bringing together the community for one unforgettable event. Worcester’s Big Parade, a Wild in Art event, was brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice.

The process

Azalea is inspired by the ‘Memory of Home’, linking to the collective name for elephants – a ‘memory’ – the hospice, and the symbolism around flowers, especially the Azalea.

The design is covered in vibrant floral shapes with different types of paints from fluorescent or metallic. The background a rich navy which perfectly lifts the floral pattern and almost hides the shape of the elephant at times. I covered the entire sculpture in glitter and love how it turned out! It looks amazing in the sun!

"Azalea is inspired by the ‘Memory of Home’, linking to the collective name for elephants – a ‘memory"

The reaction from the public

#Azalea the Elephant sculpture was enjoyed by the public as they shared lots of photos across social media. A few of my favourites below.

The final sculpture

Azalea has gone to live with Kate and Neil Thackeray in Broadwas, Worcester.


Name: Azalea

Location: Cripplegate Park, Worcester

Client: Worcestershire County Cricket Club

Materials - Fiberglass sculpture. Acrylic paint, metallic, coloured and black ink.

Charity: St Richards Hospice

Related hashtags: #WorcsBigParade


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