May 24, 2010

PUBLIC ART?

The Elephant Parade 2010, Trafalgar Square, London

Do life-size statues like these have a place in a busy, congested city like London?
Or are they simply the despair of commuters but the delight of tourists? What’s your view?

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34 comments:

CafebyJW said...

Colorful ones, you got all style of Elephants here.

I post about elephants too!

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Michelle said...

Trafalgar Square's already crowded with tourists. Why not put them somewhere else - like in a park?

Jan said...

They're huge - look how tiny that man is in the background!lol

French Fancy said...

I love this - and once I would have even known about it before it happened. I am so out of the London loop.

Holly said...

An elephant parade in the middle of Trafalgar Square. Wow!

Mike said...

Word verification= gigantik! :D

tania said...

Visually very attractive!

Heavenly Housewife said...

I like it, I think its fun :)
*kisses* HH

Robin said...

Fabulous, and they absolutely have a place - they humanize (err, elephantize?) the anonymous city and add both color and good will. Here in Tel Aviv we had penguins of all things a few years ago, and Jerusalem had lions.

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Looking Fab in your forties said...

I think they are cute and I am sure the tourists love them!

laterg8r said...

i love public art - very cool :D

Rajesh said...

Beautiful parade, very colorful.

maryt/theteach said...

Oh my goodness Lola! I love those elephants and I love them there on the steps! Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Greyscale Territory said...

I am wondering why elephants in London! But I guess it is a wonderful distraction in a place where busy-ness is the key to being. They do look fascinating! Each one unique!

Haute World said...

I think these are great! But if I"m not mistaken, these elephants are currently all over London, not just Trafalgar Square and it's actually a charity thing to raise money/donations, so I do think that puts a diffferent spin on things.

I think in the name of charity you can pretty much get away with anything and I do like that there are more creative ways of raising money these days!

Maggi said...

I love public art!

Tink *~*~* said...

I think it might be annoying as a pedestrian if I had to walk up and down those stairs each day on my way to and from work.

Tink *~*~*

Life Ramblings said...

love those elephants, very colourful and appealing.

Becky said...

Love the elephants! Great choice for Ruby Tuesday.

Manang Kim said...

Amazing celebration!! Like those different color too. Happy RT!

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Draffin Bears said...

Hi Lola and Nora,

I love Elephants and these are fun and colourful and if it is raising money for Charity, even better.

I hope that you are having a great week.
Hugs
Carolyn

Marites said...

these are cool! and well, it's an interesting distraction to urban routine:) My RT is here.

Berlin said...

Well... Just put them in a suitable area so that it doesn't disturb clumsy people like me XD

And if they are going to put it in the open, better not make too many. Too much of everything drives me nuts @.@

Just make something good for the environment =)

Stuck in jelly,
Berlin

Ann said...

Are they statues or are they people dressed as elephants?

rebecca said...

quite fun and unexpected!

A 2 Z said...

Just from a picture point of view. these elephants are spectacular. If I was living in London and they would inhibit proper flow of pedestrians then I'm not to sure. I wonder how long they will be there...Thanks for sharing.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

I can't comment specifically on the elephants ... but one of the things I always love about London is you never know what's around the corner. The last time I was there it was people on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square hitting ping pong balls into the crown. I hope London never loses its spontaneity.

My Ruby Redness

Hootin' Anni said...

I've seen these pieces of art like this on horses and cattle....elephants make a great subject.

My Ruby Tuesday. I do hope to see you drop by for a visit with me today.

teawithonesugarplease said...

I love them all, I go round patting their bums (does that make me weird?) they are super cute and help cheer my day

daylily777 said...

North Carolina loves it 's Public Art . In different cities , we have different versions ,such as bears , wolves & horses.They are always fun to view .
Hugs & Blessings,
~Myrna

Angie said...

They are amazing!! All over London for a good cause, (I would pat their bums too!!!)
Thanks also for your visit.

bichonpawz said...

I am an artsy person and love public art!! Very cool!!

PS....Lola...thank you so very much for your kind words regarding Zippo. I sincerely appreciate it.

Melissa B. said...

This snap just screams "Creativity!" Bravo!!

Clarity said...

Delight of tourists, been done, give the money to hospitals please, X.