The Arctic Monkeys are famous for their love of their home city, and now they have become involved in the biggest mass participation art event Sheffield has ever seen – by putting their own personalised sculpture into the city centre in support of The Children’s Hospital Charity.
The band, on a break from touring round the world, visited the charity’s secret elephant warehouse and took a sneak peek at their finished elephant before adding their signatures to the 40kg fiberglass sculpture.
“We’ve never been asked to sign an elephant before,” said bassist, Nick O’Malley.
The elephant, painted by Sheffield based Mural Artists, pays homage to the striking sound wave cover of AM, designed by graphic designer and illustrator Matthew Cooper.
Speaking of his involvement Matthew said: “I was asked to come up with a design for the band’s contribution to The Herd of Sheffield. The black and white oscilloscope from the band’s 2013 album “AM” seemed like a good place to start – a striking, minimal and instantly recognisable design. I sketched out the idea and made numerous adjustments, always with the thought at the back of my mind that ‘less is more’. Finally I handed over the drawings to Sheffield arts company The Mural Artists to interpret as necessary and make it all work seamlessly on the full-size 3- dimensional elephant.”
In a statement released by the band, the Arctic Monkeys said, “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in the Herd of Sheffield and supporting The Children’s Hospital Charity.”
The AM elephant is one of 58 sculptures that will appear throughout the city centre this summer for the Herd of Sheffield – a Wild in Art event brought to the city by The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity. Sheffield Children’s Hospital is world renowned and treats children from all over the UK and beyond.
Rebecca Staden, Manager of the Herd, said: “The Herd is all about the community coming together as a whole to create something really special. It celebrates Sheffield’s creative status so we’re absolutely delighted that one of the city’s most iconic bands has put their mark on an elephant for thousands of visitors to see.”
The Herd of Sheffield elephants will be on display in locations throughout Sheffield from 11th July to 5th October and will raise funds for life-saving equipment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.