In early 2015, Rebecca Moss responded to an open call from a local organisation, Somerset Art Works (SAW) to interpret Somerset's industrial heritage, in particular, the transition from carved stone to mass production of ornamental concrete during the 19th Century Industrial Revolution. Moss commissioned the production of a mould from a Baroque 18th Century foo-dog lion outside a Grade 1 listed building in Bridgwater.
Moss took the mould to a local concrete garden ornament factory, where they made an army of 41 lions. In October 2015, the concrete army was approved to be installed along the esplanade at Burnham-on-Sea, along the Bristol Channel, working with the men from the concrete garden ornament factory. This location is especially significant for its early experimental uses of defensive curved concrete.
The project was later additionally supported by The Elephant Trust and Gilbert Bayes Trust in London. Factory photos and final installation photos by Rebecca Lennon
Lions House, Bridgwater
Robinswood Stone Concrete Garden Ornament Factory, Somerset
Installation with the concrete garden ornament factory men at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
'The Elephant Trust likes supporting projects and artist ideas that are strange, inventive and off-centre. Mining important issues on art's exchange and value, societal borders and cultural traditions Rebecca's sculptural intervention along the coast of the Bristol Channel fulfilled all these with a lightness of touch: the trustees are not embarrassed to admit that what attracted us most is how happy we imagined we'd feel were we to unexpectedly come across this surreal bestial army one sunny day.'
Oliver Basciano for The Elephant Trust