Herd In The City announced for Southend 2023

After the success of Hares About Town in 2021, we are once again partnering with Havens Hospices to present Herd In The City in 2023.

The art trail will see more than 30 large elephant sculptures dotted around the city, including Shoeburyness and Leigh-on-Sea.

Each one will be sponsored by a local business and painted by a professional artist in varying styles.

Alongside these will be ‘mini herds’ of baby elephants, adopted and decorated by a school or community group, making art accessible to all.

At the end of the trail, the elephants will be sold at auction, once again raising money for Havens Hospices, after Hares About Town raised more than £447,000 for local hospice care in 2021.

To mark the official launch of Herd In The City on Friday 17th June, renowned local artist John Bulley has made his mark on the large wall underneath the train line in Southend High Street with a bespoke elephant mural promoting the trail.

The decision to focus on elephants for this project was made by colleagues working and volunteering at Havens Hospices.

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder, Wild in Art said, “We are delighted to be working with the team at Havens Hospices on this exciting second sculpture trail. Building on the excitement of ‘Hares About Town’ I have no doubt that this trail will capture the imaginations of residents and visitors alike. With your support, we can create an event that will have significant impact during the summer of 2023.”