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The lions have landed: St James Quarter supports African conservation for World Lion Day

Posted: 11th August 2021

Just in time for World Lion Day, a pride of lion sculptures, designed by internationally recognised faces, have taken centre stage at St James Quarter, celebrating the iconic species through an exceptional street art exhibition.

The St James Quarter pride is part of a global art installation, The Tusk Lion Trail, in support of African conservation. Following the huge success and popularity of the Tusk Rhino Trail in 2018, the British charity has launched over 45 life-sized lion sculptures onto the streets in iconic locations worldwide including London, Edinburgh, Bristol, The Hamptons – New York, Sydney, Wellington and Nairobi. The artworks will be on display for the public to enjoy until the end of September 2021.

The only pride in Scotland is located at St James Quarter. One lion is taking centre stage at Register Square with a further two located inside the stunning 850,000 sq ft galleria. The Scottish sculptures have been hand designed by fine art photographer David Yarrow and renowned Scottish artists Adrian Wiesnieski and Ade Adesina, each creating a unique piece of art.

Former Scottish Rugby Union players and British & Irish Lions Scott and Gavin Hastings attended the unveiling of the sculptures at St James Quarter along with Euan Kennedy another ex Scotland International Rugby Union player.

Nick Peel, Managing Director at St James Quarter, said; “We are proud to be the sponsors and the home of the only Scottish pride in the Tusk Lion Trail 2021. To see them at St James Quarter in all their glory fills us with pride. To be housing sculptures designed by world-renowned artists, who each have a special link to Scotland, it’s something we’re incredibly honoured to be a part of.”

Following the interactive sculpture exhibition, the unique works of art that have been displayed across the UK will then be auctioned in London by leading global auction house Bonhams, on November 9th.

More information about the event can be found here:

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