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Walk with the elephants

Roydon, Norfolk. Ilana O'Neill who's winning design will be painted onto a Elephant sculpture and put on show at Chapelfields Shopping Centre in Norwich ANL-141203-154830001

Roydon, Norfolk. Ilana O'Neill who's winning design will be painted onto a Elephant sculpture and put on show at Chapelfields Shopping Centre in Norwich ANL-141203-154830001

Shoppers at a Norwich shopping centre will have a chance to walk with elephants, thanks to the decorative efforts of Roydon Primary School.

It was one of seven schools across Norfolk tasked with making an elephant design.

But instead of appearing on a canvas, the winning designs are to be painted onto an elephant sculpture that will join the Norfolk leg of the forthcoming Elephant Parade national tour at the intu Chapelfield shopping centre.

Following the visit of a judge to the school last Wednesday, Ilana O’Neill’s entry at Roydon Primary School was deemed to be the winner, and will join 30 full sized elephants and seven babies for four weeks, from April 7.

It is the first time the Elephant Parade will feature the work of school children.

Claimed to be the world’s largest open air exhibition of decorated elephant statues, it seeks to raise public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation.

Sheridan Smith, marketing manager at intu Chapelfield commented: “We’re extremely excited to welcome Elephant Parade to Norwich. The Parade enlivens, energises and stimulates the places it visits and offers something for everyone.

“In giving children and teenagers from right across Norfolk the opportunity to create elephants that will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the designs of top artists, we hope to showcase tomorrow’s talent today. We are proud to be presenting what we think will be the definitive Elephant Parade, a national tour with local flavour that offers a welcome boost to retailers and will give millions of people a reason to smile.”

 

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