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Edinburgh Jungle City Croc-a-doodle

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As part of the Elephant Family charity outdoor Jungle City art extravaganza in the Scottish capital during August & September 2012, I have been asked to transform a fiberglass crocodile sculpture by dressing it with the Edinburgh cityscape in my distinctive style. I was one of the 130 artists, designers and celebrities from across Scotland, England and the rest of the world invited to adorn various wild animal sculptures especially for the event.

“To be chosen for Jungle City amongst such prominent artists is a real honour, marking a key step in the journey since establishing myself as an artist. I’m extremely proud to be able to make a contribution with my design for such an important charity that is having a significant impact on animal conservation.”

The Elephant Family is a charity, set up by Mark Shand (brother of the Duchess of Cornwall - Camilla Parker Bowles) raising money to protect the endangered wildlife in south-east Asia. The funds are used to establish migration corridors for the animals to minimize and prevent human-animal conflict. 

During 2010 their Elephant Parade in London featured more than 250 baby elephant sculptures dotted around London for four weeks. The elephants were later auctioned and raised over £4 million pounds.

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The drawing of the Edinburgh image, one of my most complicated and detailed designs to-date, took a while to complete - working literally night and day:

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Within the hand drawn illustration wrapped around the sculpture are many historic and recognisable landmarks including the Castle and Castle Rock, Grassmarket, the Usher Hall,Princes Street Gardens, the Royal Mile, the Hub, New College, Bank of Scotland, St Giles' Cathedral, University of Edinburgh, Canongate Tollbooth, "Our Dynamic Earth" exhibition building, the Scottish Parliament, Holyroodhouse Palace and Calton Hill.

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I had to get a specialist team to apply the artwork onto the crocodile. Under my direction the image was neatly and meticulously wrapped around the animal in a process that took almost three whole days to complete. It involved printing the artwork on a special material and carefully heat-wrapping it onto the croc’s body – requiring a very steady hand and lots of patience!

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The results were stunning! It was the first time I have applied my work onto a three- dimensional item and it was wonderful to see how well the image translated onto the curved body of the crocodile.

“I am thrilled to see my artwork so vividly come to life wrapped around the crocodile as part of this important and exciting event in Edinburgh. The nicely curved and undulated back of the crocodile resembles Edinburgh’s topography with the Royal Mile as the spine climbing up all the way to Castle Rock – the city’s head.”

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All the animals were auctioned to raise money for the charity and croc-a-doodle found a great home with Apex Hotels, where it will be displayed in their Edinburgh hotel lobby and will be looked after with love and care.

For more details on the event and the other fab animals who took part visit Jungle City or Elephant Family websites.