Pride in Bournemouth

First blog of the new year, hopefully more to come. Been inspired by a recent talk held at the AUCB so fingers crossed the things I blog will be more current and show elements of what I’m interested in.

Was welcomed today at uni by this peculiar sighting:

Pride in Bournemouth Lion photo

At first it seemed as if the space vacant from the removal of the Christmas tree needed filler, and what random and bizarre choice as a replacement.

It was an instant reminder of those pigs that featured in Bath, the colourful, decorated ones by numerous designers. That or Anthony Gormley’s surveillance statue pieces dotted around London some time ago.

This was a plain, life size-eque lion model, just waiting to be given a personality!

Upon investigation I discovered that this in fact is a new project Bournemouth is holding which is doing a similar thing to Bath and asking locals to give the lion’s life, to which the lions will be placed around Bournemouth town in a ‘trail’.

AUCB has been invited to submit some designs, and as it’s an art university there will definitely be some barmy designs.

Set to be staged throughout the summer 2011 tourists and visitors are definitely in for a treat when they come visit the seaside this year.

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3 Responses to “Pride in Bournemouth”

  1. Dan Thompson Says:

    Hi mate! Great read. My friend use to live up in Liverpool and when I visited her they had a similar thing going on – can’t remember though what the creatures were called.

  2. The Graphical Researcher Says:

    Hey Dan!

    Ah, I must check that out! I’m guessing they might tour the whole of UK? Do these models remain in the city after the exhibition or do they get sold? Or slaughtered O_O

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