Here’s my Elephant for the Herd of Sheffield, the biggest public art event to ever occur in Sheffield. 40 artists were commissioned by The Childrens Hospital Charity to paint over 50 of these which are now spread all over the city. The exhibition runs till October 5th when they will all be sold in a huge charity auction. All proceeds going towards the purchase of state of the art life saving equipment.
“Technicolour Pachyderms” pays homage to the Disney classic, Dumbo. The title is taken from a line in the theme tune which plays alongside the famous ‘Pink elephants on parade’ scene. This mind bending, hallucinatory section of the film always left quite an impression on me and inspired the piece. To mirror this atmosphere in the real world, I used Perspective Anamorphosis to split the sculpture in two, and paint two of the characters that feature in the scene from viewpoints directly opposite each other.
From every other angle, the patterns are warped and inconsistent. Viewers are required to move around the piece to discover the exact viewpoint, when they will see the true depiction of the 2D characters.
A huge challenge but overall incredibly rewarding when it’s all for charity! Many thanks to SCX Group for sponsoring my design and making it all possible. If you’re in Sheffield or even if you’re not, be sure to take a visit to explore the Herd, there are some amazing designs out there! Download the app to check them off, collect and gain rewards.