For eight weeks in the summer of 2021, Worcester will be brought to life by a perfect parade of beautifully decorated elephant sculptures.
Elephants – both big and small – will form a stunning, free art trail through the city’s streets and open spaces, bringing together the community for one unforgettable event created by St Richard’s Hospice.
It’s nearly time for the herd of elephants to march onto the streets of Worcester, and we can’t wait for you to meet them all!
Among many businesses and organisations sponsoring the event is The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce who are proud to be a part of this incredibly charitable initiative and have their very own elephant covered up ready to be unveiled! Their specially designed elephant is currently under wraps and is on a top-secret journey to Worcester ready to be a pivotal and stand-out part of the trail.
Sharon Smith, Chief Executive of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, commented: “We cannot wait to unveil our elephant and see it as part of St Richard’s Big Parade. Having previously sponsored the most recent art trail ‘Worcester Stands Tall’ we were delighted to have the opportunity to be involved again and offer our support to the great work St Richard’s Hospice do.
“The prospect of seeing all of the wonderfully designed sculptures across the town centre is hugely exciting and will demonstrate the fantastic local artistic talent and provide a boost to local trade with people coming out to see the art trail for themselves and discovering our fantastic local businesses along the way.”
Worcester’s Big Parade, a Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, begins on Monday 12 July for eight weeks.
It is a free art trail of 66 beautifully decorated elephant sculptures, plus two interactive digital installations outside the Guildhall and centre of Crowngate Shopping Centre in Worcester.
The trail features 30 large elephants, decorated by artists, and 36 cute calves crafted by schools and community groups
Each large sculpture, and some of the calves, has been sponsored by organisations from across Worcestershire.
At the end of the trail, each giant ele will be auctioned to raise money for the care St Richard’s provide to patients and families.
Each sculpture is sponsored by a business and individually designed by an artist – either well-known or just starting out, from the Worcestershire area or further afield. They’ll march into the city on Monday 12 July – before leaving on Sunday 5 September 2021.
After this, there will be the chance to say a final goodbye at a Farewell Event before each elephant is auctioned to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice.