Colourful elephant herd ready to stampede Sheffield

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Marketing and Communications Officer Rebecca Holdsworth is pictured with one the many elephants. Photo: Chris Etchells
A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Marketing and Communications Officer Rebecca Holdsworth is pictured with one the many elephants. Photo: Chris Etchells
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This colourful herd of elephants is ready to stampede Sheffield.

The 58 elephants will unleashed when the Herd of Sheffield sculpture trail goes live next week.

The 1.6m tall fiberglass sculptures, decorated by artists including Pete McKee, James Green, Jonathan Wilkinson and Lydia Monks, will pop up in parks and open spaces to create one of the city’s biggest ever mass participation arts events.

The Arctic Monkeys even have their own elephant – and yesterday put their signatures to the sculpture during a visit to their home city. “We’ve never been asked to sign an elephant before,” said bassist Nick O’Malley.

Wild in Art runs until September when the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Pictured is Megan Barnsley. Photo: Chris Etchells

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Pictured is Megan Barnsley. Photo: Chris Etchells

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Photo: Chris Etchells

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Photo: Chris Etchells

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Marjorie by artist Pete McKee. Photo: Chris Etchells

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Marjorie by artist Pete McKee. Photo: Chris Etchells

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Pictured is Ellie by David Elliot Hoodith spnsored by The Star. Photo: Chris Etchells

A special preview evening of the Herd of Sheffield which launches on Monday July 11th around the streets of Sheffield. Pictured is Ellie by David Elliot Hoodith spnsored by The Star. Photo: Chris Etchells

Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys with their elephant

Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys with their elephant