concrete lions to go on show on Burnham seafront during art weeks
have been unveiled this week for 50 concrete lions to go on display
along Burnham's seafront this October to mark Somerset Art Weeks.
concrete structures will be symbolically guarding Burnham's coastline
as part of a unique art project.
Rebecca Moss, pictured below, has modelled her army
of 50 Chinese-style 'Foo dog' lions from a pair of 18th century
statues that sit by the quayside in Bridgwater.
took inspiration from William Ackerman's Castle House in the town,
which is believed to be the earliest surviving example of modern
reinforced concrete construction in Britain.
project, called 'Guardians', has been commissioned by Somerset
Art Weeks for this year's festival which runs from 3rd-18th October.
lions will be placed along the South Esplanade in Burnham, town
councillors were told at a meeting this week.
mounting the lions near the sea wall, I want people to consider
the contrast between the functional and ornamental uses of concrete,"
want to interpret the fascinating local industrial heritage to
explore the significant change that happened when ornamental features
were mass-produced by pouring concrete into moulds."
this change occurred, decorative architecture would have been
hand sculpted in stone over a long period of time," she added.
making a presentation to councillors on Monday night in Burnham