Next Steps

Over the next few months the March of the Elephants trail will be developed as follows:

  • acclaimed national artist Chris Groombridge will be commissioned to make a bas-relief pair of elephant heads with entwining trunks and cast from locally made Jesmonite. It will be sited in a prominent location in the High Street;
  • local artists will paint a highly professional very large mural of a standing elephant on the side of a building in the Town Centre. This will be a highly visual landmark that will definitely put Bishop’s Castle on the map;
  • a local artist will be commissioned to make a very large elephant out of bent willow and canvas with a hidden windmill powering its swinging tail in a field near the entrance to Bishop’s Castle;
  • installing a large stained-glass elephant mural which has been created by local artist Helen Robinson (see our lovely logo above) as part of the Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival, in a Town Hall window so that it is visible prominently from outside;
  • an interpretation panel commissioned by Bishop’s Castle Town Council and in partnership with Bishop’s Castle Civic Society, Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre and Shropshire Museums will be installed near to the Clive family crest monument in the Square to mark the start of the trail;
  • an elephant flower trellis will be built in the Castle Hotel car park commissioned by the Castle Hotel;
  • ceramic tiles made by local artist Ellie Tarratt featuring elephants will be fitted to the Roj Williams’ metal arch in the Town Park commissioned by AMP (Party in the Park);

We shall ensure that the trail is ‘Covid-safe’. It will be self-guided and as all sites are outdoors and spread out across the Town, social distancing will be maintained.

There is huge media interest in the Bishop’s Castle elephant trail and we are confident that the scale of these new artworks will easily attract TV, radio and press coverage helping to quickly secure the position of the trail as a tourist destination.

We believe that this project is unique in that it provides highly creative art works of different shapes, sizes and media, as opposed to the rather ‘corporate’ sculpture trails more commonly to be found. Therefore the trail will attract more people as it will provide a more creative offering than does many of our competitors and that this will have a significant positive impact on local trade.

The March of the Elephants is an ongoing project. It will continue to be developed, providing an opportunity for many others from the community to contribute to.