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Royal Beasts at the Tower - Completed by Weekend Elephant

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Monday, 8 August 2011

Royal Beasts at the Tower - Completed by Weekend Elephant

This week's Weekend Elephant came from the Tower of London. The first person to correctly identify the location was Matt, he of that encyclopaedic London resource the Londonist.  Congratulations! An honourable mention to Marc too for providing the most complete answer, thank you!

The elephant is by sculptor Kendra Haste and was installed last Monday at the QEII gate.


The elephant completes her excellent series of wire animal sculptures, produced for the Tower of London's Royal Beasts exhibition. I have blogged about this exhibition several times now. The first animals installed in April were the lions, in May came baboons and the polar bear. Later in May some more baboons were introduced and I wrote about some of the missed opportunities of the exhibition.

Now at last the exhibition is complete. I think Kendra Haste's sculptures are magnificent and have visited them as they arrive about a dozen times. I am a member of Historic Royal Palaces so I can nip in and see them whenever I like and I don't have to queue. Whether I would make a special journey if I was not a member and pay £19.80 each time to see this very small exhibition is highly unlikely. However if I had never visited the Tower before I would probably enjoy this additional temporary attraction.

For locals that haven't seen the exhibition and would like to, I would suggest that a year's membership is probably the best bet. That way you can nip in and out avoiding the crowds and you get to do the same at Hampton Court, Banqueting House, Kensington and Kew Palace's too. Annual membership is £43 so if you only visit a Palace or two it will soon pay for itself. Details of individual and family membership from HRP website can be found here.

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