10 August sees a new pride of lions unveiled in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and raising money for charity, the fibreglass lions have been transformed by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers.
School children from across Windsor and Maidenhead have also been busy painting lion cubs to join the sculpture trail.
High-profile designers and artists who've lent their talents include:
- Dame Zandra Rhodes, iconic fashion designer;
- Kaffe Fassett MBE, celebrated print designer;
- Lélia and Lyora Pissarro, the descendants of French impressionist Camille Pissarro; Andrew Logan, sculptor;
- Anna Kompaniets, Alexander McQueen designer;
- Amrit Singh, creative designer and artist;
- Craig Wheatley, ex-Head of Studio Lacroix;
- M.L Rojanatorn Na Songkhla, jeweller and member of the Thai Royal Family;
- Lisa Stickley, Burberry and Harrods designer;
- Sally Kelly, Liberty designer;
- and Mister Mistry, contemporary urban artist.
Lion trail maps will lead you on a journey across Windsor, Eton, Ascot and Maidenhead, making it a great way to explore.
After three months the trail will close on 27 October and the lions will return to their artists for refreshing into tip-top condition for the “roar goodbye” festival and charity auction.
The “Lions Roar Goodbye” festival on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November says farewell to the decorated lion and cub sculptures. You'll be able to see all of the lions together ahead of the charity auction on 21 November. 100% of event profits will be donated to charities including, the Thames Hospice, Look Good Feel Better, The Lions Club of Windsor and the wildlife charity Tusk.
For event information visit lionsofwindsor.org.
Getting to Windsor
Services run twice an hour between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside stations, stopping at Clapham Junction, Putney, Richmond, Twickenham, Feltham and Staines. Windsor and Eton Riverside is just five minutes' walk from the centre of the town.
Roary is our own South Western Railway lion who will be joining the pride in Windsor. Taken care of by Islington-based artist James Dawe, who's worked with Network Rail, Ray-Ban, Nike, and British Gas, Roary will sport a unique take on our train livery. Remember to tag us in your photos of Roary on Instagram!
Roary is still being made to look his best, but we can bring you these sneak preview shots from James as he prepares Roary for the big reveal...