You’d be hard pressed to find a resident of Sheffield that isn’t proud of this city’s musical heritage.
Along with the footballs teams, the green open spaces and the vast quantities of Hendersons Relish consumed by locals on a daily basis, it’s one of the things that makes it such a special place to live.
It’s no surprise then, that many of the Herd of Sheffield artists used their elephant as a chance to pay tribute to the sounds of Sheffield. Here are five whose love of music sets them apart from the rest.
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Meadowhall Oasis Courtyard - Stampeding Elegance (Kid Acne)
Stampeding Elegance is jet black and decorated from head to toe with the names of singers, songwriters, bands and musicians from the region. Whether you’re a Toddla T fanatic, a Human League lover or an Arctic Monkey’s obsessive – this elephant is a must-visit for the musicians of Sheffield and beyond.
Tudor Square (Surrey Street) – Herd Sheffield? (Temper)
It’s hard to believe that this masterpiece, created by acclaimed artist Temper, was painted entirely freehand. Temper used spray paint to create a highly technical tribute to musicians such as Jarvis Cocker, Alex Turner and Roisin Murphy and Oliver Sykes. One for the music mega-fans, these portraits are so life-like, it’s a little bit spooky!
Town Hall - AM (Matthew Cooper)
This elephant, signed by the Arctic Monkeys themselves, pays homage to the striking sound wave cover of AM, designed by graphic designer and illustrator Matthew Cooper. Speaking of his involvement he said: "I was asked to come up with a design for the band's contribution to The Herd of Sheffield. The black and white oscilloscope from the band's 2013 album "AM" seemed like a good place to start - a striking, minimal and instantly recognisable design. I sketched out the idea and made numerous adjustments, always with the thought at the back of my mind that ‘less is more’. Finally I handed over the drawings to Sheffield arts company The Mural Artists to interpret as necessary and make it all work seamlessly on the full-size 3- dimensional elephant."
Sheffield United FC - Elephantom (Kieron Reilly and Lynsey Brecknell
Everyone loves a good pun. So when Kieron Reilly and Lynsey Brecknell decided to get involved with the Herd of Sheffield stampede they put their heads together and came up with Elephantom. This bold and theatrical design is heavily influenced by the Phantom of the Opera. Favourite hobbies of this member of the Herd include: composing elephant related tunes and swishing his cape around in the Sheffield winds.