ELLIE the Elephant packed her trunk – and went on display at the Metrocentre.
The artistic talents of Jarrow School pupils are being trumpeted at the Gateshead shopping centre as part of the national Elephant Parade tour.
Year 7 pupils from the school in Field Terrace, Jarrow, were asked to come up with designs for the elephant statues.
Megan Scott, 12, was selected to paint a smaller scale elephant to sit on the malls in the month-long exhibition.
She said: “I was surprised and delighted to win, as other students also entered some excellent designs.
“I was so happy to take part and to find out I was the eventual winner.”
Four other schools from the region and children’s charity Pathways 4 All also took part.
Gavin Prior, general manager at intu Metrocentre, said: “It is a first for us to be part of a national art exhibition and we’re very excited.
“The lifesize and smaller elephants around every corner will bring a different aspect to the malls, and hopefully surprise shoppers when they visit the centre.
“They’ve been decorated by exceptionally-talented artists.”
Elephant Parade brings artists, celebrities and businesses together to create vibrant public art creations on elephant statues to raise awareness of, and funds for, The Asian Elephant Foundation, a charity which supports elephant conservation projects.
Previous Elephant Parades have raised millions for elephant conservation and drawn contributions from top public figures, including Ricky Gervais, Leona Lewis, Tommy Hilfiger, Jack Vettriano and Joss Stone.
The 2013 tour has already taken in Watford and the Trafford Centre in Manchester, and will move on to Eldon Square in Newcastle on October 14. Thirteen intu malls will display the elephant statues in total.