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Posted: 14th Sep 2018

Yesterday we received a special visitor at our Ipswich head office who popped in to say ‘hello’! I am of course referring to Elmer the Elephant, the principal sculpture and mascot for 2019’s ‘Elmers Big Parade Suffolk’.

Following on from the success of Pigs Gone Wild in 2016, which saw more than 30 weird and wonderful pig sculptures pop up across Ipswich over the summer, St Elizabeth Hospice have again teamed up with Wild in Art and new partners Andersen Press to bring another mass participation art trail to the streets of Ipswich. We are delighted to have signed up again as Community Engagement Partner, having supported Pigs Gone Wild in the same capacity. Our own sculpture Pretty Penny played a starring role in the art trail and now resides at our Mutual House branch in Ipswich.

Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk will take place across 12 weeks throughout the summer of 2019, where 50 Elmer sculptures will be taking up positions across Ipswich. These will be supported by Elmer’s ‘Learning Herd’ – 100 smaller sculptures that will be popping up in locations right across the town.

2019 is a special year as it marks the 30th anniversary of both Elmer and St Elizabeth Hospice. The event is expected to draw in visitors and provide a boost to the local economy, while raising much-needed funds for the hospice. Richard Norrington, CEO of Ipswich Building Society, commented “We are pleased to once again be sponsoring Ipswich’s biggest, brightest art trail following the success of Pigs Gone Wild in 2016. With the second trail set to be even bigger, we couldn’t miss out!”

Our very own Elmer is currently being designed and is being kept well under wraps for now – we'll be sure to share more closer to the time!

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