Elmer the Elephant paid a visit to Concertus yesterday, ahead of ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’ which takes place in Ipswich next year.
The eagerly-awaited follow-up to the 2016 Pigs Gone Wild trail will see 50 large Elmer sculptures painted by individual artists displayed around the streets and open spaces of Ipswich, alongside 100 young Elmers decorated by children in the community.
The trail, which is based on the much-loved character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, sees St Elizabeth Hospice once again join up with Wild in Art, and new partner Andersen Press who own the publishing rights to Elmer.
Concertus has signed up to sponsor a large Elmer sculpture and to raise awareness of the campaign, invited him in to visit the offices at Friars Bridge Road and say ‘hello’ to the team.
MD Andrew Rowe commented:
“Getting behind and supporting such an exciting and worthwhile campaign was an easy choice for us. Not only will it raise money for a deserving cause, but if it is as successful as the Pigs Gone Wild trail, it will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Ipswich town centre and the Waterfront, contributing millions of pounds to the local economy.”
Norman Lloyd, Campaign Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said:
“We know that it is important to Concertus to be active in their local community and we are really pleased that they have chosen to support St Elizabeth Hospice in this way. Having such a forward thinking young design company on board is sure to be of great benefit to the campaign and we look forward to working together.”
The uniquely decorated elephants will step into town in June 2019 and will be on display for 12 weeks.