Artists taking the lead, part of London 2012s Cultural Olympiad, challenged artists across the UK to submit ideas that celebrate their region.
The Lionheart Project featured three giant lions, crocheted by hand by the artist Shauna Richardson. They travelled the UK in a custom-built, mobile, glass case. These powerful sculptures reflect the region in both symbol and materials. Richard the Lionheart’s three lions crest is created using locally sourced Peak District wool, celebrating our rich textile heritage.
In the spring of 2012, prior to the opening of the London Olympic Games, the Lionheart Project toured the East Midlands in our custom-built glass exhibition vehicle. An impressive 16 metres long and 4 metres high, the truck containing the three crocheted lion sculptures visited major towns and stayed at regional locations before it travelled to The Natural History Museum in London. After the Games it returned to the East Midlands, and is now on display at Twycross Zoo.
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