Why is there an elephant in a wall at Waterloo underground station?

It's at the Waterloo Road entrance. I used to pass it every day. I think it made its appearance when the Jubilee Line extension was built. Elephant & Castle is two stations south, on the Bakerloo line.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The sculpture is called the Waterloo Elephant and was made by Kendra Haste and placed at the top of the new escalators for the Jubilee Line extension.

    She had a similar exhibition in 2000 - an underground safari: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/corporate/projectsandsch...

    I think that they chose to keep the Elephant after the temporary exhibition but I'm not sure why - as you said, E&C is two stops away (but only a 15 minute walk overground).

    She makes artwork from wire in the same style as the elephant, and you can see her websites here: http://www.wire-magic.co.uk/g_kendrahaste.html

    and here:


    A very talented artist indeed.

  • 1 decade ago

    Two possible reasons, both having to do with the area in which the Tube stop is sited; there is I believe an Elephant Street that runs along nearby, too. One is the story that a great circus impresario of the Victorian era introduced an elephant to the British public in a circus on or near the site... he was named Jumbo (the elephant I mean, not the impresario) and the name became associated with anything enormous... he was housed in or near that site.

    The traditional Elephant & Castle Tube stop is on or near the site of a pub by the same name. It was so named for the Infanta of Castille, aka the princess of Spain (Spanish princesses are called Infantas) who came over to marry a British prince many centuries ago. Her title was misheard by the British, who expected an elephant and castle to be unloaded from her ship and built the pub to commemorate the event. Imagine their disappointment when the ship was unloaded!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You mean that wire sculpture at the top of the Jubilee line escalators ? There's a plaque just next to it in the wall that explains it.

    Its been a long time since I bothered to read it, but I seem to recall that its something to do with a well -known elephant that belonged to a local fair, or something like that.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is put there as a warning not to take elephants on the tube, one time when it happened the elephant shat and there was a near riot as people scrambled for some to put on their rhubarb - - - I put custard on mine.

    You started this off by asking a silly question, you must expect silly answers.

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  • Mark
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    4 years ago


  • 1 decade ago

    the elephant ran away from the zoo quick call the guards lollololo

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