The purr-fect pride is heading off to pastures new!
The Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 public art event featured a giant pride of individually decorated, super-sized lion and cub sculptures displayed across the Royal Borough from August to November, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, bring colour, fun and art to the streets and raise funds for local charities.
The Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 sculpture trail was a public art event featuring a giant pride of beautifully decorated lion and cub sculptures displayed across Windsor, Eton, Ascot and beyond for 10 weeks from August to November 2019.
The lion trail celebrated the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth and brought colour, fun and art to the streets of the Royal Borough.
Thousands of residents and visitors from around the world followed their trail maps on a journey of discovery across the region and the stunning pride was auctioned by Christie's and BBC Radio 4 panelist Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE at the Runnymede on Thames Hotel & Spa in November, with 100% of event profits donated Thames Hospice, the Lions Club of Windsor, Look Good Feel Better and Tusk.
Lion auction host Tim Brooke-Taylor OBE with Jabari and the bejewelled 'Diamond Empress' by Anna Kompaniets
'Winston Wiggle' by iconic British fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes
'Lioness is More' by Lelia Pissarro and 'Alan Howland' by daughter Lyora Pissarro at the Stern Pissarro Gallery in Mayfair.
'Rose Marble Lion' by world renowned textile artist Kaffe Fassett, on display at the American Museum in Bath, alongside his one-man 'Quilts of America' exhibition.
The much-loved 'Windsgrrr' with 5 year old lion fan Savannah, which was displayed at the popular Cinnamon Cafe in Windsor this summer. Windsgrrr was painted by Bath illustrator Beccy Blake and features hundreds of humorous images of life in Windsor, from the Queen walking her corgis, to cycling deer in the Great Park and 12 hidden images of Windsor's famous cat Dexter!
Lion Artists - The magnificent lion sculptures were decorated by some of the world's leading artists and designers, including fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, former Christian Lacroix studio head Craig Wheatley and descendants of French impressionist Camille Pissarro, Lélia and Lyora Pissarro, with a mini-pride of cute lion cubs decorated by local schools.
The eye-catching pride brought colour, fun and art to the streets and delighted thousands of residents and visitors from around the world.
We hope you had a roarsome safari!
The King of the Beasts has symbolised courage, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness and valour and been a popular royal heraldic image for centuries. William the Conqueror is thought to have brought the House of Normandy arms, depicting two lions on a red background to England in 1066.
‘Richard the Lionheart’ then added a third lion during his reign from 1189-99. The three golden lions on a scarlet background has represented the English throne and are still featured on England's Royal Coat of Arms to this day, making lions an ideal choice for this public art sculpture trail to celebrate Queen Victoria's 200th anniversary.
Lions in the wild
Over the past 50 years, wild lion numbers in Africa have decreased from over 200,000 to less than 15,000 today and they live in just 8% of their former habitat. The shocking news is that lions are now more endangered than polar bears. Please see Lion Aid for further details and join their campaign to stop lion trophy hunting.
2019 has been declared the Year of the Lion by wildlife charity TUSK to highlight the decline in wild lion numbers. #YearofTheLion
For further information about Lion conservation, contact TUSK or Lion Aid, which is working globally to save lions and help stop their decline in the wild.
Please support the Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 charities by bidding for your favourite lion or cub sculpture at the auction, either in person, by phone, absentee bid or online!
See the Auction Page of the website for details and the online catalogue at UKAuctioneers.com where you can leave a bid now, or bid live online on the night.
A roarsome thanks to all lion fans and good luck to lion bidders!
“The Swans of Wells sculpture trail really put Wells on the map in 2012 and attracted thousands of visitors to the city. Local businesses reported a significant increase in trade and people were drawn to parts of Wells they hadn’t visited before. The auction raised an incredible £100,000. We are all still talking about it today.”Danny Unwin, Mayor of Wells 2012
“‘Gromit Unleashed’ saw 1.18m visitors over the 10-week display period, of which 900,000 visited specifically to see the Gromit sculptures. Footfall to Bristol’s Museums doubled.”Gromit Unleashed, Bristol
“As one of the first businesses to sign up as a [Pig] sponsor, we saw the enormous positive benefits of being involved from the outset. The response from locals and visitors alike was remarkable.”Martin Tracy, The Framing Workshop
“The King Bladud’s Pig project was the best thing that ever happened in Bath on many fronts. It really increased footfall around the city and helped independent retailers. It also brought people into Bath from the local environs, who continue to come long after re-discovering what a wonderful city Bath is.”Annette Martin, Bath Aqua Glass
“The King Bladud’s Pigs were one of the best boosts to tourism that I have experienced.”Charles Curnock, Administrator, Bath Abbey
“Gromit Unleashed has helped shine a light on Bristol as a hub for culture, tourism and creativity and showcase its strengths in front of an international audience. We enjoyed tremendously positive publicity, welcomed more visitors from far and wide, and our businesses reaped the benefits.”John Hirst, Chief Executive, Destination Bristol