Stage One

Please Feed the Lions
Es Devlin

The Plinth

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.

Site survey conducted for Please Feed the Lions

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.

The team hand carved elements of the build to add details.
Plinth drawing of steel framework with details of castors.

The Lion

Reclining on top of the plinth, the carved lion was created from twelve blocks of high-density foam, each shaped by our large volume 5-axis CNC machine. This was then hand-finished to achieve fine detailing and the texture of bronze, before being hard-coated.


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