A temporary fifth lion sculpture is unveiled at London’s Trafalgar Square by TV presenter Rachel Riley to highlight endangered big cats. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Clockwork lion unveiled in London
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STORY: The four bronze lions of London’s central Trafalgar Square got a temporary addition on Thursday (January 27), with a clockwork sculpture of the animal unveiled to highlight the plight of big cats.
The statue, made of clockwork mechanics, will stand in the square for just a day before being auctioned off to raise money for National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, which says it aims to halt the decline of big cats in the wild.
According to the initiative’s website, there are likely some 30,000 lions in the wild. Among their threats are poaching and loss of both prey and habitat.
Sculptor Iain Prendergast, whose works have appeared on television show “Game of Thrones” as well as in artist Banksy’s “Dismaland” theme park, said the statue’s body was made to look like “the inner workings of a clock”.
Clock hands make up the lion’s mane while the eyes were made with small clocks.