Sheffield students sign up to elephant sculpture project

Arty pupils from across Sheffield have signed up to take part in the Herd of Sheffield sculpture trail project.

The project will see more than 40 giant elephant sculptures installed in Sheffield’s parks, streets and open spaces between July and September next year.

They will be sponsored by businesses and auctioned off at the end of the exhibition to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield.

More than 50 schools will take part in the project by creating their own miniature trail, known as the Little Herd, which is set to go on display two weeks before the larger sculptures are unveiled.

The Little Herd invites schools to design a 73cm tall elephant as part of a cross-curricular education programme created by event organisers Wild in Art and The Children’s Hospital Charity.

All schools who sign up are asked to raise £500 for The Children’s Hospital Charity to cover costs.

Bradfield School was the first to sign up to take part in the project.

Head of art, Sarah Drabble, said: “The Herd is going to be amazing for Sheffield, and people will be able to see these giant sculptures out and about around the city – who wouldn’t love that? For our students to be able to create something that will be a part of it is fantastic.

“I love getting our students involved in art that’s seen outside of school so the idea that we could create something that would be so much part of Sheffield is exciting. I can’t wait to find out what the students are going to submit for their designs, what they are inspired by.”

To find out about more, including how businesses can sponsor an elephant, send an email to clare@herdofsheffield.com or call 0114 2717203.