Sunday, September 21, 2008

a surreal safari...

Forget Hunting Tigers Out in Africa (are there any other Bonzo Dog fans out there?)
Earlier this month (or was it the end of last month?) Liz and I went hunting elephants in Norwich...


We didn't see all 54 of the baby elephants, but we did find about 30 of them, as well as this herd of tiny elephants

decorated by local schools. I loved the stories that went with these "We didn't tell the children that the elephant was coming" (you could pciture the surprise on the faces as the children spotted an elephant in the playground)and "the children were worried that the elephant had lost its Mummy, so we painted it bright colours so that Mummy could spot it easily".

Some of the artists and community groups involved went for bright colours, too. Meet "Split and Polish" the multi-tasking nail bar elephant that was in Jarrold's department store:

We met an Ancient Mariner (with an uncanny likeness to Catweazle) on an elephant's posterior

a recylcing elephant:
a daffodil-strewn trunk
swans on an elephant's flanks
frogspawn on its trunk
and pebbles and waterweed on its feet
More pictures over on flickr.

7 comments:

ambermoggie said...

great pictures:) I love Bonzo Dog:)

Francesca said...

Awesome! I love the swan elephant. It must be quite a sight to see all those elephants around the town.

Gina said...

Wow! These are fabulous!

Pig wot flies said...

How gorgeous!

Heather said...

What excellent elephants! Thanks for sharing.

Spinningfishwife said...

I used to sing "Hunting Tigers" to the kids when they were little. I'd forgotten about it for years! Must ask them if they remember....

TutleyMutley said...

I encouraged my woodcraft folk group (many moons ago) to put on a play with hunting tigers as the theme tune! Immediately started humming " out in India - yah". Have you heard Sir Henry at Rawlinson's End?
you take such lovely pics, mmm.

What with all these bonzo fans - maybe we could have a singsong at skipnorth. Run for cover!