Last week marked the end of the Tusk Lion Trail 2021 with the culmination auction event hosted at Bonhams in London. The evening celebrated the magnificence of the iconic animal through the medium of sculpture and the people that live alongside them.
As the selfies and snaps indicate (check out our Instagram highlights for some of the best 📸) many of you spotted the 47 unique life-sized lion sculptures that formed a trail across the globe over the summer. Each sculpture highlighted the magnificence of the beast, threats to their existence and the people and solutions working for their survival – raising awareness for conservation efforts across the African continent. Internationally recognised faces such as Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood, wildlife photographer, David Yarrow, rugby legend Richie McCaw, author and illustrator Michael Foreman and numerous contemporary artists including Ian Davenport, Gavin Turk, Helen Downie, Nick Gentry and Hannah Shergold, all collaborated to craft their own unique works which went under the hammer on Tuesday 9th November 2021.
Boodle Hatfield were thrilled to support the art trail with a difference and sponsor one of the lions in the London Pride. 'Nathan' was created by London artist, Helen Downie (Working under the moniker of Unskilled Worker) and was on the prowl across London's West End and was enjoyed by many exploring the city during August and September. Last week bidders competed for the creations and we are delighted that the Lion Trail campaign has raised £1.1m to protect lions and their landscapes.