give their opinions on Burnham's seafront lions art display
unique display of 50 concrete lions has been installed on Burnham's
seafront to mark the start of a month-long display for Somerset
concrete structures are set up to symbolically guard Burnham's
coastline as part of a special art project on the South Esplanade.
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. The project, called
'Guardians', has been commissioned by Somerset Art Weeks for this
year's festival which runs through October.
spoke to several seafront walkers about what they think of the
Watkins told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "They're fantastic - really
lovely. Burnham needs different things like this that make you
stop and think."
Brown added: "They're very different - really nice - and
quite a surprise to come across on the seafront."
Pilling said: "They're nearly as good as Weston's Banksy
and, best of all, you don't have to queue to see them!"
Delaney added: "I'm a bit bewildered by them - they're certainly
eye catching, but I don't really understand them."
Rob Andrews added: "I like them but think they need some
colour like the Grommits in Bristol last year and then re-located
around the town centre."
Scholes added: "I don't understand them at all - they just
appear to be lines of garden ornaments to me."
Newall added: "It's certainly a different display for the
seafront. Everyone has their own opinion about art like this and
I respect that - I actually think they're thought-provoking."
District Council has welcomed the display. Its 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
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. During 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. I 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. Before this change occurred, decorative architecture would
have been hand sculpted in stone over a long period of time."