Please Feed the Lions
The installation requirements required an ingenious approach to the plinth manufacture. Both lion and plinth were to be installed without the use of plant into a busy, central London location, with high footfall.
From a creative perspective, it was also important that the sculpture created an element of surprise, as if appearing suddenly, overnight. To facilitate a swift installation, we created a 6.6m trucking sub-frame from steel. This was clad in 18mm ply and scenically finished, accurately replicating the rough granite textured panels and grooved radial carvings of the adjacent Landseer plinths. An interior plywood deck concealed the special effects hardware while themed, perforated panels to the sides ensured the audio output could be heard across the square, drawing in onlookers to interact with the sculpture. All cable management was similarly concealed and a neat shadow gap created to the base.