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Giant crocheted lions to settle on lawns of Natural History Museum

  • Date: 20 July 2012
  • Area: London, Midlands, National
A woman sitting in an armchair in front of three giant crocheted lions

Shauna Richardson's Lionheart Project is one of the Artists taking the lead commissions. Credit: Nick Hand

Three giant hand-crocheted lions are arriving in London today to sit outside the Natural History Museum until 9 September for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The majestic nine-metre-long sculptures were created by artist Shauna Richardson and inspired by Richard the Lionheart's coat-of-arms.

They celebrate and champion the East Midlands' rich textile heritage and are made using 36 miles of Swaledale wool from sheep that graze on the Derbyshire Dales.

The Lionheart Project arrives in London following a two month long tour the East Midlands and will be displayed in an illuminated glass case for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is one of 12 pieces of public art which have been commissioned through Artists taking the lead, a partnership project for the Cultural Olympiad from Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern IrelandCreative Scotland and the Arts Council of Wales.

For further information about the project visit the Lionheart Project website.

For further information about Artists taking the lead visit our London 2012 pages.