Remember the Pop Up Penguins in 2020 / 2021, and the Christchurch Stands Tall giraffes? Now here comes Elmer the Elephant! The Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust is partnering with global public art specialists Wild in Art to bring a new sculpture trail to Christchurch. Elmer's Ōtautahi Elephant Trail takes place from Saturday 25 November 2023 to Sunday 18 February 2024. There will be 30 large elephants, individually designed by professional and emerging artists, displayed in Christchurch and surrounding towns. Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail will be supported by a learning programme. After the Trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money to enable the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust to support people impacted by traumatic brain and other complex injuries throughout Canterbury.
Elmer HQ at Tūranga
Elmer HQ will be at Tūranga. Find information about the trail including maps, buy merchandise, and collect rewards that you will win while discovering the herd!
Elmer HQ is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm.
Join us in January for stories, games and lots of Elmer the Elephant fun!
Find out where and when
Elmer at the Library
Some libraries are part of Elmer's Ōtautahi Elephant Trail:
- Lyttelton Library – Large Elmer outside
- Te Hāpua : Halswell Centre – Large Elmer outside
- New Brighton Library – School herd inside
- Tūranga – School herd inside and Large Elmer outside
More about Elmer Christchurch
Elmer is one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time, selling over 10 million copies worldwide since it was first published by Andersen Press in 1989. Written and illustrated by celebrated children’s author and artist David McKee, the Elmer books have been translated into more than 60 languages.
- Visit the Elmer Christchurch website
- About Elmer
- Like @ElmerChristchurch on Facebook
- Follow @ElmerChristchurch on Instagram
Elephants in Ōtautahi
There have been a surprising amount of elephants in Christchurch over the years. There was even an elephant race held in Papanui in December 1966. Explore a set of elephant photos on Canterbury Stories.