Petworth House and Park 2023
This spring, the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park welcomes Elmer the Patchwork Elephant™, on a colourful sculpture trail through the Pleasure Gardens.
Launching on Saturday 27 May, coinciding with Elmer Day, visitors can enjoy this colourful and joyous trail, which will ‘parade’ through Petworth’s gardens.
The ten sculptures have been individually designed, inspired by the work of famous artists from across the world including William Morris, Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, and JMW Turner.
The original classic, patchwork Elmer designed by David McKee will stand proud in the beautiful eighteenth century stone Rotunda, presenting the perfect photo opportunity for Elmer fans.
Joining the herd will be a JMW Turner-inspired Elmer. Turner was a regular visitor to Petworth, and 19 paintings by the artist are on display in the house. Petworth is known as the ‘house of art’, and has a world class art collection, inspiring artists for generations.
The trail invites visitors to explore the winding paths, ancient trees, and colourful flowers around the gardens. Visitors can pick up a free trail map to discover the ten Elmer sculptures.
Petworth will be hosting a programme of colour-themed events and activities throughout the trail. Take a look.