Following the huge success of the 2018 Tusk Rhino Trail, Tusk has once again teamed up with Curator Chris Westbrook who has brought together a spectacular array of talented artists from the world of Art, Design, Film, Theatre and Comedy, to release a phenomenal pride of lion sculptures through the streets of London, and seven other locations across the world from Nairobi to The Hamptons.
Each sculpture will highlight the magnificence of lions, threats to their existence and the people and solutions working for their survival – raising awareness for conservation efforts across the world. Internationally recognised faces including Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood, wildlife photographer, David Yarrow, artists Ian Davenport, Gavin Turk and David Mach, rugby legend Richie McCaw, American fashion designer Donna Karan, and actors Deborra-Lee Furness and Noel Fielding have all collaborated to craft their own unique pieces of art. Each lion sculpture has been generously supported by a Tusk partner or supporter.
The lion sculptures will be displayed to the general public at a selection of iconic sites around the world including a number of UK cities (London, Edinburgh and Bristol), The Hamptons – New York, Sydney, Wellington and Nairobi, from 10th August until the end of September 2021. London will be home to over 25 individually curated life sized lion sculptures, the art installation will encourage visitors to follow the ‘trails’ via easy-to-use physical and digital maps, allowing them to ‘collect lions’ as they go. This fun, interactive experience is the perfect activity for families.
Rolling Stones guitarist and Tusk Ambassador, Ronnie Wood says “As one of Tusk’s longest standing supporters I couldn’t be more humbled and excited to be part of the Tusk Lion Trail 2021. Raising awareness and educating people about the impact of humans on our beautiful natural world and more specifically about threats posed to Africa’s endangered lion population is very close to my heart.
“Channeling creativity via art is a big part of my life and painting two lion sculptures for the Tusk Lion Trail is something I have very much enjoyed doing over the last couple of months. I am very much looking forward to seeing the pride on the streets across the world in August.”
DHL is the global lead partner for the Tusk Lion Trail, which is co-sponsored by ISPS Handa. The Trail in The Hamptons and New York is being organised in partnership with the African Community and Conservation Foundation (ACCF).
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. The US lion sculptures will be auctioned at an event held in conjunction with ACCF at The Wölffer Estate in The Hamptons, on August 27th.
Three years ago, Tusk raised £750,000 with its Rhino Trail and is hoping to surpass this total by taking the art installation global. Funds raised at the auction and through public donations will support the work of Tusk and our partners in protecting species and empowering communities across Africa.