Projects > M.A.S.S.I.V.E.
M.A.S.S.I.V.E. was the brainwave of Anna Watson, one of Funny Wonders’ original team, following a dream involving a huge aluminium rainbow and the Fairfield estate! M.A.S.S.I.V.E. stands for 'Millenium Arts Supporting Society Involving Velvet Elephants' and aimed to make people smile. Funded by the Millennium Commission through a project called ‘Peak Potential’, Anna worked with local artist Chris Robinson and over a thousand volunteers and children in local schools to make a patchwork blanket – each piece representing their ideas about what made them happy. This blanket then covered a giant elephant puppet made by more volunteers.
The elephant stood in Spring Gardens during wells dressing week and people were encouraged to write down what made THEM happy onto ribbons which were then attached to the elephant. These little snapshots of writing were eventually made into ‘The Little Book of M.A.S.S.I.V.E. Wishes’ - copies of which are still available! - which is a heartwarming read. 50% of the sales of the wishbooks was donated to an elephant charity.
To end the project the people of Buxton enjoyed the elephant dancing along to the local samba band in the 2000 Buxton Carnival parade.