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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Lions at the Tower


Regarded as symbols of power, lions were common place at the Tower of London during the middle ages.  Along with monkeys, bears and elephants wild animals were treated as creatures of curiosity for entertainment.  You might have even seen a bear or a lion fishing on the banks of the Thames.

Fortunately this century you will only find sculpture replicas.  This art installation of lions basking in the grounds of the Tower was created by sculpture Kendra Haste in 2011.

8 comments:

perambulatingphotographer said...

Good job that we only see replicas. I don't like caged animals and birds.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

A good addition, a reminder of the many things the Tower has been in its history. Didn't the resident bear used to actually swim in the Thames? That must have been rather disconcerting.

Adullamite said...

The real animals did not cope well during their time if I remember right. Well made pieces mind.

Sharon Anck said...

I recently saw a TV show called The Secrets of the Tower of London" that talked about all the animals that lived there once upon a time.

Bill Nicholls said...

Seem to remember reading people were welcome to throw the odd cat or dog to them. Don't think they were very careing back then. Good sculptures though

William Kendall said...

Beautiful sculptural work!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Even the sculptures look menacing Mo :)

Jack said...

I didn't know about the animals. But, I do like the sculptures.

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