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Go-Elephants - The Painted Elephants Of Norwich
Mar 27, 2011 11:25 AM
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Town of Norwich had held a public art exhibition from 23 June to 31 August 2008 called Go-Elephants wherein 53 painted sculptures of baby elephants were displayed all over the city. The elephants were located in the open areas on the footpath as well as in the shopping malls/shop windows, parks and in other public places.
The baby elephants were made of fibreglass and had a theme based design painted on their body by the local artists. Each elephant was about 1.7 metre long, 0.75 metres wide, 1.2 metres tall and weighed approximately 50 kg.
After the end of the exhibition the baby elephants were auctioned for the benefit of local non-profit organisations.
The event was managed by Wild in Art in partnership with The Forum Trust.
Coincidently Google Camera Car was also in town during the exhibit period and has captured several of these colourful elephants.
Since the exhibit was temporary, the Google Street View images will be lost once the street view imagery is updated. I have therefore made an effort to save the screen shot of these Google Street View images of these elephants for posterity. With the help of GEC members Walter, Utapao and Kite, 27 out of 53 elephants were located and their screen shot is being included in this post. Full list of alongwith locations as obtained from the official web page of Go-Elephants is given below. The names marked in red are those which were found in Google Street View, while the ones which couldn't be found have been greyed out. These are mainly those which were kept indoors or their location was not accessible to Google's camera Car.
Chaitali - St. Peter’s Street
Aimee-Mimosa - Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum
Elechair - The Forum
The Flying Elephant Jumbo - Next to Norwich City Football Ground, Carrow Road
The Elephant & Castle - Theatre Street, opposite The Assembly House
The Norfolk Broads - Chapelfield, outside House of Fraser
Fair Folk of a Fine City - Dining Terrace, Chapelfield Shopping Centre
Pseudo - The National Skills Academy, St Andrew’s House, St Andrew’s Street
Eliffant Cymraeg - Near Caffe Uno, Tombland
Protect the Environment: Go by Bus - Millennium Plain, The Forum
Locate Norwich City - Hay Hill
Willow - The Courtyard Restaurant, Maids Head Hotel
Ellie Goes to Holkham - Grass area adjoining Rose Lane and Market Avenue
Split and Polish - Jarrold, Ground Floor
Norma - Outside John Lewis, All Saints Green
Meiluami - Cathedral, South Cloisters
The Ice Cream Eaters - Level 1, The Mall
Cityscape - The Mall, Kitchen Mezzanine Level
The Ancient Mariner - Level 2, The Mall
Light Construction - Junction of Bethel Street & St. Giles Street
Teleportation - Norwich Bus Station
Ellie Vispim - The Tree of Life - St. John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Earlham Road
Camouflagephant - St. Julian’s Alley, King Street
All the People of Norwich - Inside Norwich & Peterborough, Chapelfield Shopping Centre
King Kerching - Inside Norwich & Peterborough, The Mall
Norvic Meets Norwich - Norwich Arts Centre
A Day Out with Stephen Fry - Norwich Theatre Royal
The Chocolate Elephant - Millennium Plain, The Forum
The YMCA is not a White Elephant - Norwich Bus Station, Queen’s Road side
Mojo Zapatos - St. Peter’s Street
Mic Live - St John Maddermarket, St Andrew’s Street
Micro - Mile Cross Library, Aylsham Road
Electriphant - Norwich Puppet Theatre
Artyfacts - London Street
Rena Elephant - Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Golden Child - Haymarket
Feeling Fruity - St Stephen’s Street
The Angel - Royal Arcade
Parallelephant - Theatre Plain, The Forum
Eli Memory - Norwich Playhouse
Sernia - Chapelfield Plain
Hefty-Lump - Chapelfield Gardens
Go-Green Elephant - St Andrew’s Plain, St George’s Street
Sun’s Out, Holkham Beach Here We Come - Castle Green
Hidden Depths - Quayside, between Wensum Street and Whitefriars
The Educated Elephant - St Stephen’s Churchyard
Virginia - London Street
Intricate Izzy - Castle Meadow
EleFANt - Riverside
Oscar - Outside Odeon Cinema, Riverside
Are We On The Right Trail? - Cinema City, St Andrew’s Street
Thumbnails of Individual Elephants as seen in Google Street View are given below. Clicking on the thumbnail will open a larger picture and clicking on the link below the thumbnail will open the location in Google Street View. For sake of easy identification I have retained the same S. No. as given in official webpage of Go-Elephants.
Note: I have not placemarked the individual elephants in GE as these cannot be seen in the satellite imagery. However for posterity I have anchored this post near the City Hall - the area which had maximum concentration of elephants and #1 elephant was stationed here. (Source:Trail Map pdf)
Credits: I am thankful to Walter, Utapao and Kite for finding 15 out of 27 elephants.
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