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'Sundar' Elephant sculpture, Worcester

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Location: St Martin’s Quarter, 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

The colours are inspired by an Indian summer sunset - but instead of using the yellows or orange colours starting from the bottom like a typical sunset, I used metallic gold at the top leading into a fuchsia pink and royal blue into metallic silver.

On top of this beautiful colour scheme, there’s a large mandala wraps the sculpture back, forming a circle if seen from the top.

And on the face of the elephant you’ll find a peacock feather inspired mask which is a nod to the Indian and Thai royal elephants that used to carry kings and queens. The overall pattern work is inspired by the jungle and nature.

“The third sculpture trail which ran during the summer and spring of 2021 across Lincoln city centre. This was a mass participation public art event to celebrate Lincoln, its art, culture and heritage."

The reaction from the public

#FrozenBeauty Imp was really well received by the public and they shared lots of photos across social media. A few of my favourites below.

The final sculpture

Yafai, Isabella Dixon and Jackie Gibson pictured with Sundar the elephant who’s found its forever home at Pyramid Care Fostering and Abigail’s Place in Spetchley.


Name: Sundar

Location: St Martin’s Quarter

Client: Worcester BID

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

Charity: St Richards Hospice

Related hashtags: #WorcsBigParade


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