Where do Elmers go for Christmas?
All over the world it seems.
After the hugely successful Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade earlier this year, which concluded with 52 individually designed sculptures being auctioned in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice at Aylesford, the hospice has now revealed where some of the elephants will be spending the festive season.
TPS Global Logistics made the winning bid for Sunset Plains, and its Elmer is now basking in the sunshine of Montoro in Spain.
MD Matt Smith said: “We had decided at the beginning, we would be bidding to win an Elmer, but when we saw Sunset Plains we thought it would be a wonderful gift to send to my business partner in Spain.
“He wasn’t aware we had sent it, so it was a great surprise when he opened the crate and saw what was inside.
“He is very happy with the new addition to the family and where Sunset Plains now lives overlooks one of the largest freshwater lakes in Spain surrounded by olive trees.”
Another Elmer, designed by Loose-based artist Ralph Steadman, has been snapped up by a collector in America who paid the highest fee for any Elmer at the auction - £15,100. Mr Steadman is well known in the States, not least for his artwork on the labels of bottles of beer for the Flying Dog Brewery.
Entitled Elly-do, Elly-don’t, Elly-dance, the Elmer features the iconic landscape from the cult classic novel by Hunter S.Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as a backdrop, with added dancing elephants, doodle faces as well as spray paint to add a touch of urban culture.
Mr Steadman was a pal of the reclusive author and illustrated his famous novel.
Some Elmers will be staying closer to home. Where’s Elmer? has found its forever home with its original sponsor, Westerhill Homes, who bid £6,250 at the auction. The sculpture is now at the head office of Chartway Group in Westerill Road, Coxheath, to welcome visitors.
Ian Savage, CEO of Westerhill Homes said: "Later we will be sending Where’s Elmer? out to visit some of our new home developments. He’s so eye-catching and a real talking point; we know our visitors will enjoy seeing him too."
The Pink Fizz Elmer has found a new home with former hospice trustee Joanne Lindsay and is now a popular feature in her front garden in Maidstone.
She said: "She has caused quite a stir with folks stopping to take pictures!"