The Details

Name: Zelephant

Location: Clarendon Dock

Created by: Hollyann Donaldson

Design Inspiration

My design for Elmer shows him with an all-over zebra pattern, and sunflowers on his head and feet, as well as a green tail with a sunflower on the end. The inspiration for this piece was the phrase in medicine “When you hear the sound of hooves, think horses, not zebras.” Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – which I have – is represented by the zebra, as are various other rare health conditions, like neuroendocrine cancer, which my dad has suffered with for the last 10 years. As I also happen to suffer with endometriosis, I wanted to incorporate the colour yellow, and ended up choosing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.

About the Artist

Hollyann has always loved art, doing occasional commissions here and there for fun and a little bit of extra money. She left mainstream education back in 2017 due to bullying and health issues, however art has always remained a constant in her life. Hollyann has since returned to education back in September 2020 and is pursuing art, alongside gaining the qualifications she wasn’t able to while home-schooled. She thoroughly enjoys being able to explore different art techniques, mediums, and styles despite various medical diagnoses trying (and failing) to get in the way.

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Elmer's Big Belfast Trail 2022