seafront to host art display of 50 concrete lions from today
unique display of 50 concrete lions has been installed on Burnham's
seafront this week at the start of a month-long display for Somerset
concrete structures are symbolically guarding Burnham's coastline
as part of a special art project on the South Esplanade.
Rebecca Moss, pictured, 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 until 18th October.
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are delighted that the Somerset Art Week installation
on Burnham-On-Sea South Esplanade is to remain in situ for the
entire month of October, thus covering the half-term holiday which
is important for the towns tourist trade."
at Sedgemoor have been involved with the planning of the art installation
for many weeks, giving advice on the safest and most visible place
for the Lions, as well as dealing with the organisers over insurance,
health and safety and have given permission for them to be placed
on the South Esplanade."
the month-long installation, staff from Sedgemoors Clean
Surroundings section will keep a daily eye on the statues."
said: "By 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.