benjamin shine: taxi elephant benjamin shine: taxi elephant
may 07, 2010

benjamin shine: taxi elephant

‘taxi elephant’

taking its visual cues from the quintessential london black cab, ‘taxi elephant’ is designed by british artist and designer benjamin shine. it is a glossy black sculpture with chrome detailing, featuring headlamps as eyes with a taxi sign on top of its head. powered by a solar-panel, the taxi sign illuminates at various times throughout the day and night.

painted fibreglass with solar powered taxi light


‘taxi elephant’ was produced in the hopes to garner awareness for the charity elephant family. the design is being used for the elephant parade london 2010 to collectively raise 2 million pounds from the auction of these artistic representations of one of nature’s most endangered species. in the past century, the population of asian elephants have tumbled from 250,000 to just 25,000. continuing this trend will mean that these creatures will be extinct by 2050.

elephant parade launch, trafalgar square london 2010


having attracted a bidding battle ahead of the auction set for the end of june, ‘taxi elephant’ has become a valuable asset to the charity and has been relocated to the royal exchange, a secure location put under the surveillance of a 24 hour guard.

elephant chic & taxi elephant, elephant parade


it is hoped that ‘taxi elephant’ will fetch a tidy sum towards the auction target of 2 million pounds. ‘elephant chic’ part of the elephant sculptural series vinyl-wrapped digital print

printed vinyl application

elephant installation at big ben tower

elephant parade london 2010 has a total of 260 painted elephants in locations across london. these sculptural creatures will remain for public viewing from may until july, 2010. 

preparation of elephants for the elephant parade london 2010

preparation of elephants for elephant parade london 2010

  • They did this in Norwich a couple years ago.

    Daniel says:
  • …and in Mexico, with cows =)

    my name is says:
  • ….and in Australia with dogs.

    but I love the TAXI elephant most

    lanvy says:
  • and in toronto (i think) with moose.

    sam says:
  • London had cows too 🙂

    Also it’s not Big Ben Tower, the huge bell inside is called Big Ben the tower is St. Stephens.

    scamster says:
  • We also have elephants in Fort Wayne! Well actually ours are mastodons.

    sol* says:
  • also in Victoria BC, with whales, 4 or 5 years ago

    pasha says:
  • and in Chicago with cows and globes

    annette says:
  • seattle with pigs and costa rica with cows too

    godfrey says:
  • Love the Taxiphant ! Amazing having all these gorgeous elephants dotted around around, certainly makes traveling around town a bit more exciting and fun.

    tc says:
  • can’t wait to see these elephants. zurich has cows, and also teddy bears, but they have been here for some time..

    jm says:
  • Why can’t we just appreciate these elephants in their unique beauty rather than comparing them to other installations?
    Perhaps this is one of the reasons why we seem to close our eyes to vanishing of species such as the Asian Elephant- “I saw these in Norwich” – and in zoo’s around the world, so why should I “see” them as unique in London?

    cynicalsally says:
  • wonderful!

    kkkk says:

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