To celebrate Elmer the Elephant’s 30th birthday, developer Lendlease has joined forces with event company Wild in Art, publishers Andersen Press, some very talented artists and local community groups to create Elmer at the Elephant. Around the streets and green spaces of Elephant Park, there are 10 statues based on the much-loved patchwork elephant created by David McKee, and designed by artists in collaboration with local community groups across Elephant and Castle.
Hej’s Elmer is 10th on the trail and was created by created by two of Southwark Playhouse’s groups: the Young Company and the People’s Company – in collaboration with artist Robert Starling.
This Elmer was designed by artist, sculptor and author Robert Starling. Having produced two children’s books of his own, Robert knows the power of engaging stories and interesting creature-led characters. This Elmer’s design came from the idea of the journeys that people take and how their paths overlap when they are in Southwark Playhouse. Each group that enters the theatre has their own trip to take and the enjoyment of a performance is the destination. Follow the animals, representative of the diverse community of those who use the theatre, across Elmer and see how individual worlds and adventures collide.
“David McKee’s Elmer character has had such a lasting impact and it’s a real honour to get to decorate one! Elmer, for me, is tolerance, kindness and acceptance. He’s a perfect choice to reflect the diversity of the community. I hope the public enjoys finding all the little details and following the characters around the sculpture.”
This trail and activities map will lead you around the development where you can view all the Elmers.