Elephant in the Room sculptural seat – Life size – by Jill Impey, 2015, made using pre-owned European furniture, Asian and Persian textiles.
The Elephant in the Room Conversations began in 2015 with an exhibition and workshops at Powis Castle, curated by Jill Impey.
This conversation piece asks us to explore unspoken truths of the British Empire and how they relate to migration of peoples, ideas and objects today.
With references to Tipu sultans Golden Palenquin, European Orientalism and Classical furniture styles, the Elephant invites us to contemplate the journeys of the objects in the Clive collection, at Powis Castle and how they came to be in a Castle in Wales.
The elephant was bought from Shrewsbury charity Village Water, with 100% of the donation helping families in Africa access safe water and sanitation.
The Castle Hotel Gatehouse Elephant
Created by local artist Grace Jandrell the mural is situated on the former stable where an elephant was housed during WW2