Herd of Sheffield 2016

Charity Partner: Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity


A heavy-footed stampede of 58 spectacular, Wild in Art elephant sculptures arrived in Sheffield, with 72 cute calf elephants following close by.

Trunk-full of fun, the Herd marked the 100th anniversary of Sheffield’s Lizzie the elephant who toiled on the city’s streets from 1916 and throughout the First World War – taking over heavy lifting from the horses that had been commissioned by the military!  The spirit of innovation was also celebrated through this special public art trail.

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Stampeding to Auction!


Hundreds of elephant enthusiasts gathered at the Crucible Theatre for the Herd of Sheffield Auction, which raised a total of £410,600 for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Herd of Sheffield auction took place on 20 October 2016. It helped raise enough money to fund a life-saving piece of equipment – a Multipurpose Fluoroscopy System, which will provide children with the best chance of a full and healthy life.

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Sheffield’s hardworking Lizzie the elephant inspired several designs on the trail. For Tin LizzieMik Richardson depicts Lizzie as being made of steel and powered by a 1900s smelting furnace. The real Lizzie was drafted in by scrap merchant, Thomas Ward Ltd., to carry heavy machinery and steel around Sheffield. While she was a hard worker, records from her time in the city also report she had an amiably cheeky nature -using her truck to sneak food out through kitchen windows!

160727 Stampede-Banner-Web-1-700x260The Virtual Stampede: during the month of September Sheffield wanted you to run, swim, walk or cycle, or do a mix of all four (a minimum of 60km) and earn yourself an exclusive, limited edition Stampede medal! Following the Herd of Sheffield on foot or by bike was an especially creative way to clock up the kilometres!  Find out more http://everydayhero.co.uk/event/virtualstampede.

Herd what happens when safari elephants meet Arctic Monkeys?  They come up with a design for their own elephant sculpture based on the cover of their album AM and signed by the members of the band!  “We’ve never been asked to sign an elephant before,” said bassist Nick O’Malley.


Spotlight on the Artists


The elephant trail spotlights Sheffield’s creative talent with over 75% of the artists being local to the city. Some well-known names include Pete McKee, James Green, Jonathan Wilkinson and Lydia Monks.  All have put their own creative mark on a 1.6m tall fibreglass sculpture.

Heard of Sheffield by Temper

Heard of Sheffield by Temper

Look out for Heard Sheffield? created by acclaimed artist, Temper. This conceptual art masterpiece features photorealistic portraits (painted entirely freehand in spray paint) of some of Sheffield’s greatest pop and rock musicians including: Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall, Susan Ann Sulley (from the Human League), Joe Cocker, Alex Turner, Joe Elliot, Jon McClure, Roisin Murphy, Oliver Sykes and Jarvis Cocker.

To show how precious the elephant is, the hallmark stamp of Sheffield’s assay office can be found behind its right ear, and to finish with a flourish, a single spray can is held in the animal’s upturned trunk!



We couldn’t have an elephant trail without an appearance from Elmer from the much-loved children’s books by David Mckee. Sue Guthrie, has created Elmer’s Aunty and patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital designed Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Technicolor Pachyderms by Rob Lees pays its respects to Disney’s not to be forgotten, loveable character, Dumbo. It’s quite a technical homage so you’ll need to study it carefully!

Find out more at www.herdofsheffield.com.

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