So this summer 50 life size lions, decorated by local artists and sponsored by local businesses, were scattered in and around Bournemouth in a charity arts event.
It was an amazing experience to be involved in this arts project and to be able to submit a design that fitted with the Kiss the Frog x beliefs and ideals, and then to actually create this beautiful lion, was an experience we will always cherish.
“If you blow all the seeds off a dandelion seed head your wish will come true. This is the inspiration for Dandelion with the magical white seeds against a brilliant blue summer sky incorporating heart shaped flowers to remind us all to dream and wish.”
So lion number 9 on the Pride in Bournemouth trail map was Dandelion and here are some photographs of our special lion from the event.
Dandelion was mounted on a concrete plinth and displayed in Bournemouth Gardens. This is his plaque which was attached to the plinth and contained details about the event and Dandelion.
Ultimately the event was in aid of two charities and all the lions were auctioned to raise funds for these charities. Julia’s House is a hospice in Bournemouth which provides support and facilities for families with terminally ill children. The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.
All of the lions were sold at the auction and we were delighted to find that Dandelion had been purchased locally and will become a mascot to support other children’s charities. We look forward to finding out what he gets up to next x
This week’s safari is the penultimate instalment in the Saturday Safari feature. Today we are visiting lions 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45 on the Pride in Bournemouth‘s lion trail.
Lion 40 is Bixy, created by artist Holly Tomkins and sponsored by BH Live.
Number 41 is Headlion, created by artist Miroslav Lucan and sponsored by the Bournemouth Echo.
Born to be Free is lion 42, created by artist Hazel Evans and sponsored by Westover Landrover Christchurch.
Next is lion 43, Bellboy. Created by artist Domini Deane and sponsored by the Bournemouth Marriot Hotel.
Lion 44 is Winston. Created by artist Katherine Earl and sponsored by Beales in Bournemouth.
Our last lion today is number 45, Lionsome Tonight. Created by Wild in Art for the Pride in Bournemouth event.
The lions are all now back in the den getting all spruced up ready for Sunday’s auction. Here are a few behind the scenes photographs before the lions are displayed for the final time at the Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. If you would like to attend the auction on the Sunday, to find out who buys the lions or even to buy one yourself, visit the Pride in Bournemouth‘s website for ticket information.
Today the lions are being moved from the Pride in Bournemouth trail and returning to the lion’s den to be restored, if necessary, ready for the auction on Sunday 18 September. All proceeds from the auction will go to the charities Julia’s House and the Born Free Foundation. It will be a very interesting evening as we find out where the lions’ new homes will be and how much they each raise.
Continuing the safari we are visiting lions 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 on the trail map.
Lion number 22 is Spirit. Created by artist Teresa Lawton and sponsored by Poole Accident Repair, Spirit has spent the summer in Boscombe Cliff Gardens.
Next is lion number 23 on the trail map, Bunting. Bunting’s artist is Tim Knight and this lion is sponsored by the Lord Bute Hotel. Bunting was on display by the bandstand at Fisherman’s Walk.
Lion number 24 is Aubrey, created by artist Saffron Guppy and sponsored by Castle Point Shopping Centre. Aubrey spent the summer at the shopping centre.
Franz Joseph is lion number 25. Created by artist Fiona Strimer and sponsored by the Arts University College Bournemouth. Franz Joseph has spent the summer on the university campus.
Lion number 26 is the delicious Sublion. Created by Helen Hiett and Amy Nixon, Sublion is sponsored by the Wallisdown Road Subway.
Our final lion today is Leatherbound, lion number 27. Leatherbound’s artist is Lisa Berkshire and this design is sponsored by Poppies Art Workshops. Leatherbound has spent the summer in Bournemouth’s Triange.