art installation roars into life on Burnham-On-Sea seafront!
will be hosting a unique art installation this autumn as a part
of Somerset Arts Weeks.
pride of lions is being placed on the seafront as a part of a
specially commissioned art project.
by artist Rebecca Moss, she's taken her inspiration from the two
guardian lions on one of the houses in Bridgwater's Quayside.
first lion arrived in Burnham on Monday and has been placed outside
the Bay View Cafe on The Esplanade, as pictured here.
This isn't its permanent home, but it has been put there to capture
people's imaginations as a taster of what will be happening later
in the year.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The lions are powerful mythic symbols
of guardianship and protection, placed at the fronts of buildings
to ward off intruders. Multiples of the lions will be installed
at the seawall along The Esplanade."
has an impressive seawall, but the army of concrete creatures
signifies an alternative system of defence against flooding, but
in a social and cultural context, connecting to the viewers' imagination."
hope that locals and visitors enjoy the pride of lions that will
be guarding the town in the Autumn."
spokesman from Somerset Arts Weeks added: "Rebecca seeks
to combine and re-interpret in a modern-day context, some architecturally
significant features in Bridgwater, specifically the development
and early use of concrete. Bridgwater has some of the earliest
surviving examples of decorative and reinforced concrete in the
UK, so there is a profound link with the reinforced concrete wall
at Burnham, which protects this area that is very susceptible
part of Somerset Art Works Momentum Creative
Programme 2015-16, funded by Arts Council England, Rebecca has
been selected to create new work, this could be in any media;
each artist selected might take a different approach to the theme
of Momentum, setting the work within different environments
and communities of Somerset.
can read more about the project on Somerset Art Week's website