The streets of Windsor will offer a walk on the wild side this summer.
Lions of Windsor 2019 will see a group of leading contemporary artists and designers transform a giant pride of life-size fibreglass lions as part of a public sculpture trail, which will mark 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria.
The sculptures, which range in style from mosaics to street art, will be placed around the Royal Borough, leading visitors on a journey around its historic streets, museums and shops.
The artists and designers participating in the event include designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, decorative artist Kaffe Fassett MBE, and French artist Lyora Pissaro, who is the great grand-daughter of Camille Pissaro.
Other notable names include Craig Wheatley, ex-Creative Director of Christian Lacroix, and Martin Brown, the illustrator of the Horrible Histories book series.
Lisa Todd, the Creative Director of the sculpture trail, will create one of the lions in memory of the late Simon Midgley, a much loved interior design PR and contributor to the Evening Standard.
Todd, who won the Elle Decoration Print and Pattern Designer of the Year award in 2016, said the trail had attracted new artists to submit their designs alongside big names.
Each of the sculptures will available for sponsorship from local businesses when they go on display around Windsor. They will be on display for three months before an auction in November with all proceeds going to local charities, including the Thames Hospice and lion conservation charity Tusk.
Lions of Windsor 2019 begins on August 10, to coincide with World Lion Day, and will be on display until October 27. The auction will take place on November 22. For more information visit lionsofwindsor.org.
Artist Anna Kompaniets with her lion
Artist Andrew Logan
Andrew Logan’s Lion