Herd of baby elephants to descend on capital

London is to host its biggest ever public art event this summer with a parade of baby elephants.

Herd of baby elephants to descend on capital
Herd of baby elephants to descend on capital

From May to July 250 life-size fibre glass elephants will adorn the streets of London, each having been hand-painted by designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice Temperley and Lulu Guinness.

The display will be followed by a public exhibition and an auction produced by Quintessentially Events in July.

It is hoped the elephants will raise valuable funds for Elephant Family, a charity dedicated to ensuring the survival of the Asian elephant.

Previous Elephant Parades have already been held in Holland and Belgium, raising more than £1.44m towards the cause.

"Elephant Parade is a brilliantly innovative way of using public art to benefit conservation. Not only will the parade brighten London's streets and enhance our public spaces, it will play a vital role in building a new generation of conservationists," said Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

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