Poundfield supports Elmer’s Big Parade

We have been commissioned by Wild in Art and St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich to manufacture the bases to a very strict specification.

Posted on: March 11th 2019    •    Posted in: Bespoke concrete, Charity Work
Finished concrete plinths for Elmer Big Parade at Poundfield Precast

Poundfield Precast is making good progress producing the concrete plinths for Elmer’s Big Parade.

47 differently painted sculptures of the children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant will sit upon the plinths in locations throughout Ipswich between June and September this year.

We have been commissioned by Wild in Art and St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich to manufacture the bases to a very strict specification.

The hospice is hosting Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk to celebrate its 30th anniversary, alongside Wild in Art, one of the leading producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events, which connect businesses, artists and communities through the power of creativity and innovation. The trail aims to raise money – and crucially awareness – for the hospice.

We have previously supplied plinths for projects in towns in various parts of the country, including for Pigs Gone Wild, an earlier St Elizabeth Hospice/Wild in Art project held in Ipswich a few years ago.

Manufacturing concrete plinths for Elmer's Big Parade in Ipswich

Tim Evans, Poundfield’s director – bespoke products explained: “To get each plinth absolutely identical, we invested in a new steel mould designed to precisely meet the dimensions provided by Wild in Art.

“After a few dummy plinths to ensure that everything was just right, we are now turning out one of these 664kg plinths each day – and so should meet the tight deadline to ensure that all are in place in time for the Elmers being installed upon them.

“I suppose you could say that Poundfield is literally supporting the Elmer trail and although we have a national reach as a company, local projects of this sort are very close to our hearts” added Tim.

Norman Lloyd, Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk campaign manager visited Poundfield’s depot last week and was impressed with what he saw: “We know from Pigs Gone Wild that we are in safe hands working with Poundfield to produce our plinths, which is reassuring as it is a crucial part to get right!

“We are really pleased that from working with us back in 2016 they have gone on to support other Wild in Art trails; we want to see local companies thrive and it is great to be able to work with them again on this campaign.”

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