Artist Pete McKee makes his mark on elephant for giant sculpture project

Pete McKee with his elephant for the Herd of Sheffield project
Pete McKee with his elephant for the Herd of Sheffield project
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A colourful stampede of elephants is picking up pace as it gets closer to descending on Sheffield.

More than 50 schools have signed up to take part in the Herd of Sheffield art project, which will head to the city next summer, and artists are busy submitting their designs.

Sheffield artist Pete McKee has finished creating his bespoke elephant, Marjorie, which will join around 40 more in spots across the city.

He said: “It is a nod to all the hard-working parents of Sheffield, Rotherham and South Yorkshire, and an acknowledgement of the hard graft that they endured bringing us up and the way they made a living.”

The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity hopes the project will unite business, artists and schools, create a lasting legacy for the hospital and drive footfall through the city centre.

Artists have until Friday, December 11, to submit designs. Among those already submitted include a warrior design by Hampshire-based artist Deven Bhurke.

Schools across Sheffield are invited to take part in the Little Herd, by sponsoring and designing their own elephant calf sculpture for a separate trail to precede the main event.

They are being asked to fundraise £500 towards the cost of their elephant.

Fundraising is already underway at Sheffield Springs Academy, in Arbourthorne, with the school’s dedicated charity group holding a variety of activities.