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Council adopts elephant for Herd in the City

Coun Mulroney, with Liam Cousins and Tom Duke from Surfex, a company that decorated the elephant for free.

THE first elephant sculpture to be designed as part of next year’s fundraising summer art trail, ‘Herd In The City,’ has been unveiled.

Southend City Council, Presenting Partner of the public art trail, has chosen their sponsored elephant that is part of the event created by Havens Hospices and Wild in Art.

The event will see 45 large elephant sculptures dotted around the city, including Leigh and Shoeburyness, each sponsored by a local business and decorated by artists in varying styles.

Alongside the sculptures will be ‘mini herds’ of baby elephants, adopted and decorated by a school or community group, making art accessible to all.

Coun Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment, culture and tourism for Southend City Council, said: “We are delighted to be the Presenting Partner of Havens Hospices for ‘The Herd In The City’ art trail taking place in the summer of 2023. It’s sure to be a great day out for visitors and the local community who come in search of the herd.

“As well as discovering the beautifully decorated elephants, it will give everyone the chance to explore parts of our amazing City that they may not have visited before. Just as elephants never forget, we hope the trail creates precious memories that can be treasured forever.

”At the end of the trail, the elephants will be sold at auction to raise thousands of pounds for the free, specialist hospice care Havens Hospices provides for local adults, children, and their families.

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