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Artist to crochet Olympic lions

A Leicestershire artist is preparing to spend the next two years crocheting three 30ft lions to mark the London 2012 Olympics in the East Midlands.

Shauna Richardson is one of 12 artists across the country to be awarded a £500,000 Arts Council commission.

She was inspired by Richard the Lionheart's connections to the region and its textile industry.

The lions will be created over the next two years and displayed in a taxidermy-style case in Nottingham.

'Powerful symbols'

Ms Richardson said: "I'm really excited and really pleased.

"The symbolism is taken from Richard the Lionheart and the material I'm using, wool, is representative of our cultural heritage."

People will be able to witness the creation of the lions on a "Lionheart webcam", visit the studio to see the works in progress, and take part in related artistic activities across the region.

An Arts Council spokesman said: "The lions will be powerful, realistic sculptures that depict qualities associated with the lion symbol and the Olympics - unity, grace, speed, strength, courage, dignity and pride."


Leicestershire artist Shauna Richardson will crochet three 30ft lions to promote the 2012 Olympics in the East Midlands.

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