Holly the papier mache Elephant
Holly Bank Trust
Brazilian musician and artist Claudio Kron has many talents and has performed his unique take on Afro-Brazilian vibes all over the world – but this is his first go at making an elephant.
Claudio Kron do Brazil from Drumming 4 Business have played before the Brazilian president twice in UK at the Barbican Centre when he visited the Queen and also in Ghana. Other highlights include the Commonwealth Games – Resound Trinidad and Tobago; Brit awards; Fringe Festival Edinburgh; Carnival Messiah at Harewood House and the Galpharm Stadium.
Claudio who lives in Dewsbury was trying to entertain some of his five children when he started making a papier mache elephant.
He said: “It all began with a huge balloon that we bought from town for £1. When we got home we immediately covered the balloon in papier mache and the idea of making it into an elephant popped into my head. I had never felt the urge to make an elephant before, it was a first! It has been very enjoyable and pleasing!”
Having looked at the Hollybank Trust website they decided to give the elephant to the children at the school and she became known as “Holly”.
Holly is also a massive recycling project, made with paper cups, cardboard boxes, yogurt tubs, milk cartoons, old news papers and glue – all mixed together with patience and love by Claudio and his children Aruan, 11, Tiano, 8, and Raphael, 5.
He added: “For many evenings I got the children to help and they were always eager to offer suggestions. After everyone went to bed each night I would do a little bit more and they were able to wake up each day and see the progress as I spent a lot of magical mornings contemplating the transformation of the creature.
“We are so excited by it all and now we plan to use Holly the Elephant as a platform to fundraise money to help the Hollybank Trust charity.”
Claudio has organised a Coffee Morning at Redbrick Mill on Friday June 28th from 9 to 11am with Holly to collect money for Hollybank.
Fundraiser Tracey Gibson said: “We are so grateful to Claudio and his lovely family for all the effort and hard work they have obviously put into Holly the Elephant.
“It is fantastic that he is using her to fundraise on our behalf and they have promised that we can keep it here in one of the children’s homes eventually where the children can enjoy her every day. We are touched by their kindness and enthusiasm.”
Find out more about Claudio and his music on www.claudiokron.com
To find out more about Hollybank Trust, go to www.hollybanktrust.com