Last Friday D and I went to Worcestershire County Cricket Ground to view The Farewell Event of the Worcester Elephants Big Parade Art Trail.
Throughout the summer 66 decorated elephant sculptures (30 large plus 36 smaller) have formed a free art trail round Worcester's city centre and open spaces. It it is a Wild in Art Event organised by Sir Richard's hospice to raise funds.
Now the Big Parade has finished all the elephants were on display over a couple of weekends at Worcestershire County Cricket Ground.
I allowed two hours for the journey but actually it only took us just over an hour to get to Worcester and park next to the cricket ground. After sandwiches and a flask of tea in the car we made our way to the display.
I was relieved that most of the event was out of doors and to be honest there were only about a dozen or so other people there plus volunteers. I think avoiding going at the weekend was a good idea!
Unfortunately, the elephants weren't labelled so I have done some research on the internet and managed to find the names and artists (apologies if any are incorrect).
"Wollyphant" by Reilly Creative
"Memories of Home" by Lynne Hollingsworth
"Azalea" by Mr A Singh
"The Pears" by Sue Guthrie
"Wellyphant" by Sarah Roberts
"Sundown Stroll" by Kristina Butigen
"Global Warming" by Artist "Inkie"
"Strawberrephant" by Mathew Smith
"Hive in the Herd" by Jess Perrin - this was one of my favourite elephants.
"The Elephant Tree" by Marnie Maurri
"Wild World" by Rachael and Phillipa Corcutt
"Muddy Walks" by Sophia Wolsey
"Ash" by Ian Cook
"Silverella" by Lena Kibbler
"Sundar" by Mr A Singh
"Jackson" by Cherrie Mansfield
"Alex the Cleaniphant" by Shilpi Sharma
"Worcester in Porcelain" by Alice Pickworth - I loved this one too.
"Panda" by Steve Johnson
"Spark Ellie" by Sophie Hardy - one of the baby elephants
"Dare to be Different" by Betti Moretti
"Life's Snakes and Ladders" by Sally Adams
"It's What's Inside That Counts" by Sian Ellis
"Porcelain Elephant" by Amy Bourbon
"Zentangle" by Neil Morris
"Inky the Elephant" by Helen Haynes - I adored this one it was just stunning.
"An Elephant Never Forgets" by Katie Hodgetts
"Music Makers" by Sophie Handy
"The Gardener" by Rachael and Phillippa Corcutt
"Leave the Herd Behind" by Kathleen Smith - I really liked this one too with the butterflies.
"Lucy Lavender" by Lizzie Art
The baby elephants were on display in the marquee but I am still so nervous about anywhere indoors that I only had a quick look.
I did buy a few souvenirs - a tea towel for the caravan, a small toy elephant which I will show you when it is named and a fridge magnet which I managed to forget to put in a bag and left behind I think :(
All the elephants were really lovely and the artists so talented but I think my favourite was "Inky the Elephant".
Do you have a favourite?
The photos above were taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera and the following pictures were taken by D with the Canon SX50HS.
It was a really lovely display and I am so glad we went. Sadly, traffic on the way home was awful and it took two hours ten minutes! We were half way to the caravan and I really wished we had stuck to the original plan to carry on there and stop for a night or two.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well.