We heard that the Elephant Parade is back in London (21st June – 18th July) – and we went on the trail to find them!
First stop – South Molton Street where we met:
Baby Doll by Adil Ahmad and Kanika Kapoor (1)Gaia by Rafaela De Ascanio (2)Sheesh Mahal by Rohit Bahl (3)We stopped in at the pop-up shop selling replica elephants located at 20 South Molton Street. These elephants are from the previous series of Elephant Parade.This guy is sweet. We do heart hearts.The next herd of elephants could be found at Grosvenor Square – There were ten of them!
Ridesh by Gayatri Sekhri (5)Me and my Million Voices by Veer Munshi (6)Tara Astamangala by Good Earth (7)Kamal Kunj by Atelier of Pichvai Tradition and Beyond (8)Monsoon Magic by Michelle Poonawalla (9)He looks like a blue zebra from the back!Marwar Matang by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodphur, Marwar (10)Ramrattan by Ravi Vazirani (11)Sikander Bath by Payal Singhal (12)And Mummy’s favourite – a pink elephant!!!Dahlia by Anushka Khanna (13) I wore my pink bow to match the elephant.
We walked further along to Carlos Place and in front of The Connaught Hotel we found:
BUT where was Bar Palladio Ele and Tara for Mark!!!! They were supposed to be at The Beaumont Hotel but by the time we got there, they have been moved!!!! Maybe they were in search of another herd.
We headed towards home but stopped at The Dorchester and accompanied by the doorman, we met Ele-Nouveau Deux by Varun Bahl (20)Onto Sloane Square. Yup, they were supposed to be scattered around the area but they were all herded onto the Square, which made it easier for us.
Kashmir Ki Kali by JJ Valaya (21)Savriti by Vikram Goyal (22)Kali 2.0: Divinity Revisited by Abu Jane and Sandeep Kholsa (23)Babar Travels to London by Adil Ahmad (24)Castellum by Michael Howells (25)Giving Back Pride Without Prejudice by Adil Ahmad, Vasundhara Race and prisoners of the Central Jail of Jaipur (26)And last but not least, we found Infinity by Gaurav Gupta (27) inside the window of R Chocolate on Ebury Street!Mummy thought he reminded her of red velvet!!! She was salivating and wishing she could take a bite of him!!! NOOOO!Oh look, they even have an elephant for a door handle!So we managed to find 27 out of 29! Now where did those two elephants get moved to? Does anyone know?
Must say twenty seven elephants is a lot easier to find than 50+ Paddington Bears!!!
May’s comment: Elephant Parade is the world’s biggest touring elephant art exposition that raises awareness of and support for the endangered elephants of Asia. This summer, these twenty-nine life-size baby elephant sculptures exquisitely decorated by some of India’a artists, designers and creative talents can be seen throughout Mayfair and Chelsea. They are for sale at an auction. Monies raised will support projects that protect wild elephants and their habitats.