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'Polka Dot' Elmer sculpture, Petworth House, National Trust

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Location: Outside Petworth House, 2023. Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer the patchwork elephant sculpture in Petworth
(c) National Trust Images, Laurence Perry

"Explore the gardens and discover ten individually designed Elmer sculptures, inspired by the work of well-known artists from across the world. Collect your free map at reception and follow the winding paths around the garden to search for Elmer on this creative and colourful sculpture trail. Elmer’s Art Parade at Petworth will run from Saturday 27 May to Sunday 3 September 2023" National Trust website

The process

My sculpture is inspired by the iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Her use of polka dots, vibrant colours, and line making have had a positive influence on my artistic style. I am especially drawn to her philosophical approach to patterns and shapes, which encourages creative play and a sense of wonder.

Her love of nature and the world around us, as well as her fascination with culture, relates closely with me and my work. I wanted to acknowledge Yayoi’s style but combine it with my style of pattern making and use of colour which works perfectly together. By experimenting with dots, lines and overlapping colour, I hope to create a sense of infinity and connection to our environment, much like Kusama does.

"I hope it brings a smile to anyone who sees it, and encourages creative play and a sense of wonder. "


photo with mrasingh the artist and school children from anfield road primary school

The public's reaction

I am blown away by the reaction from the public so far. So many children and families have seen the sculpture and shared photographs across social media with lovely messages. Here are some of my favourites so far. Please tag @mrasingh when sharing your photo of Polka Dot.

The final sculpture

This spring, the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park welcomes Elmer the Patchwork Elephant™, on a colourful sculpture trail through the Pleasure Gardens.

Launching on Saturday 27 May, coinciding with Elmer Day, visitors can enjoy Elmer’s Art Parade, inspired by one of the world’s most widely read and loved children’s books, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant™ by writer and illustrator David McKee.

The trail invites visitors to explore the winding paths, ancient trees, and colourful flowers around the gardens. Visitors can pick up a free trail map to discover the ten Elmer sculptures.


Name: Polka Dot - inspired by Yayoi Kusama

Location: National Trust - Petworth House and Park, Petworth GU28 9LR

Client: Wild in Art, National Trust

Materials - Fiberglass sculpture. Acrylic paint, emulsion paint and resin varnish


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