The Parade of Elephants, a traveling art exhibit, is on display at the Elgin County
Economic Development and Tourism office, located at 450 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas,
until February 28, 2013.
This public art initiative was launched by the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
in conjunction with the Elgin Arts Trail and its members. The exhibit is designed
to generate interest in the local arts community and promote awareness about Elgin
artists, galleries and studios featured on the Elgin Arts Trail.
"We are pleased to have the exhibit here at the Elgin County Tourism office," said
Tourism Development Coordinator Kathryn Russell. "We encourage the public to come
and see the elephants, meet the Elgin County staff and pick up an Elgin Arts Trail
The exhibit features papier maché elephants that are approximately 1.5 x 1.5 feet
in size. Each elephant is uniquely decorated and reflects the artist who created
it. The elephants pay homage to Jumbo, the African Elephant and star of the Barnum
and Bailey circus that met his untimely end in St. Thomas in 1885.
Throughout 2013 the elephants will travel to different locations on the Elgin Arts
Trail with a new elephant being created and added to the parade at each location.
The exhibit will travel around Elgin County and St. Thomas until August 24, 2013
when it will end its journey at the St. Thomas Elgin-Public Art Centre. The elephants
will then be displayed at the Art Centre and the public will be invited to view
them at a reception with all the artists in attendance.
The Elgin County Tourism office is located at 450 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas and is
open Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For more information on the Parade of Elephants,
pictures and a copy of the Parade of Elephants Tour Map, please visit www.elginartstrail.ca/paradeofelephants
or call 9519-631-1460 ext. 168.