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Huge lion sculptures come to Bath
King Bladudís Pigs in Bath by Ben Birchall/PA
It is hoped that the lion sculptures will be as successful as King Bladud's pigs

A giant pride of 100 life-size lion sculptures will be taking up residence in and around Bath in 2010.

The event, from May to October, aims to raise funds for local charities while bringing a smile to the face of residents and visitors.

It is hoped that people will decorate them in a similar vein to the King Bladud pigs that were planted across the city in 2008.

At the end of the summer all the lions will be auctioned for charity.

Former TV Producer Megan Witty has experience filming lions in the wild and is part of the project.

"Lions are very majestic, wonderful creatures and we thought they reflected well on the beautiful World Heritage city of Bath," she told BBC Bristol's Lucy Tegg.

"In fact there [are] over 500 images of lions around Bath which reflects the royal heritage of the city."

The life-size sculptures will be blank and members of the public are invited to sponsor one of the beasts.

"They [the lions] are going to go on the streets, up on buildings, on roundabouts, in some very bizarre places probably.

"Last year we had some pigs hanging from trees, which some people took months to discover!

"They are each going to be individually decorated by different artists, so 100 artists will paint 100 lions and each lion will be sponsored by 100 different companies."

The initiative will be raising money for a number of local charities, including Off the Record, a charity that supports young carers aged 5-18 in Bath; the Quartet Foundation, which is being match-funded by the government to the tune of 92p to every pound raised and will support a number of local community projects; and the Mayor's Relief Fund for Bath, which gives emergency funding for those in real need in the city.

A percentage will also be ploughed back into a rolling fund for future public art projects in Bath.

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