Home > Elmer > Meet the Herd > Big Herd > Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

  • Name: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
  • Location: Roker Park, Sunderland
  • Designed and descorated by: Created by David McKee. Painted by Michelle Turton
  • Sponsor: Tyne & Wear Metro

Sculpture Description

Michelle Turton has created the classic Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, an instantly recognisable representation of the world’s most colourful elephant, created by David McKee. ‘Elmer is different, Elmer is patchwork’. Elmer remains one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time, selling over 10 million copies in over 50 languages since it was first published in 1989. Written and illustrated by celebrated children’s author and artist David McKee, the Elmer books’ subtle message, that it is ok to be different and we should embrace and celebrate those differences continues to resonate with children around the world.