Pink Elephants On Parade
Not just pink ones, either. If you’ve been in London the last few days, you can’t have missed them; in the largest open-air sculpture display ever mounted, two hundred and sixty brightly painted life-sized baby elephants have appeared across the city. It’s part of an innovative campaign to save the endangered Asian elephant. The Elephant Parade was organized by the charity group Elephant Family. The elephants were decorated by a number of artists, celebrities and designers including Emma Sergeant, Storm Thorgerson, Jack Vettriano, Lulu Guinness and Julien MacDonald, and my pal Polly Hope. The campaign highlights the plight of the Asian elephant, whose numbers have declined by around 90 percent in the past 100 years.
As a matter of interest it’s not the first time elephants have invaded Regent’s Park (they’re no longer at the zoo, sadly). Here are some topiary ones from a couple of years ago.