• Name: Raphael
  • Location: Civic Centre, Newcastle
  • Designed and descorated by: Steve Johnson
  • Sponsor: World Transplant Games

Sculpture Description

Steve Johnson graduated from Newcastle College of Art and Technology, in the mid 1990s and works as an illustrator in the advertising industry. After working in central London for many years, he returned to his native North East. He works with his with partner, creating storyboards and animatics in the pre-production of TV commercials. ‘Raphael’ celebrates the NewcastleGateshead World Transplant Games 2019. His sticky plasters acknowledge that competitors have survived life saving surgery, thanks to amazing organ and tissue donors. Raphael the elephant has been training hard and is dressed to impress on his race debut. As he eyes up the competition, he sets his sights firmly on gold.