Elephant Parade 51-60

Ready for the next batch of elephants? Yea, thought so. Here’s numbers 51-60.

Which one is your favourite from these lovlies?

51. Oran (You Stole My Heart) by Adam Bridgland; Notting Hill Gate (See my interview with Adam.)
Oran

Oran

52. Clair le Lune by Adam Durrance; Greenwich Visitors Centre
Clair le Lune

53. Nana by Alexander Miller; Curzon Street
Nana

54. Eli Krishma by Alice Temperley; 20 Mount Street
Eli Krishma

55. Cubelephant by Andre Ritins; More London
Cubelephant

56. love ellie by Andrew Logan; Westfield
love ellie

57. HELP! by Angela connor; Royal Hospital Chelsea
HELP!

58. Sunny by Ruth Powys; Covent Garden Piazza
Sunny

59. The Elephant in the Room by Anna Masters; Duke of York Square
The Elephant in the Room

60. Map Elephant by Anna Simmons; Devonshire Square
Map elephant

My fave from this group? HELP! is lovely, but I also adore Oran because I walked by him every day on my way to work and he always brightened up my day before I arrived at the dreaded office.

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!

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Make Way for The Elephant Parade

In a few days, central London will be transformed into an urban jungle with 250 life-size baby elephants standing on street corners, parks and buildings around the capital. Each elephant is a unique creation by an artist, fashion designer, organisation or celebrity, including painter Mythili Thevendrampillai who was featured for London Art Spot at the end of February.

Mythili and ElephantI took this shot of Mythili with her painted baby elephant at her show in March.

Some other artists to look out for include Alice Temperley, Baroness Carrie von Reichardt (who I just mentioned here the other day), Diane von Furstenberg, Lulu Guinness, Matthew Williamson, Tommy Hilfiger and lots more.

The Elephant Parade has been called London’s biggest outdoor art event on record with an estimated audience of an impressive 25 million. Not only is it creative, but it’s for a good cause: conservation of the Asian elephant. In the last 100 years, the population of these wild guys has shrunk by over 90%. Where there were once 250,000 elephants roaming about, now there’s only 25,000 which means they could be extinct by in about 40 years. The Elephant Parade was founded by father and son Mike and Marc Spits in Holland. The parade supports a charity called The Elephant Family founded by trustee Mark Shand after travelling around India on his elephant, Tara.

The jungle beasts are in the city until the end of July when they will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s. The campaign is aiming to raise £2 million for the Asian elephant and benefit 20 UK conservation charities.

There’s a map here. If you find an elephant, snap a photo, stick it in the Flickr pool if you like and I’ll put ’em up on the blog.

More info on everything here!