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