Giant lions roar into Chatsworth

On The Prowl: One of the three lions at the launch of The Lionheart Project, a glass case with three giant crocheted lions made by artist Shauna Richardson at Chatsworth House.

On The Prowl: One of the three lions at the launch of The Lionheart Project, a glass case with three giant crocheted lions made by artist Shauna Richardson at Chatsworth House.

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THREE giant crocheted lions have been unveiled at Chatsworth House.

The sculptures – an interpretation of the three golden lions on Richard the Lionheart’s coat of arms – have gone on show in the grounds of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s stateley home as part of a cultural programme to celebrate this summer’s Olympic Games.

Leicestershire artist Shauna Richardson created the impressive 30ft lions over a two-year period.

The sculptures are on public display in a 16-metre long illuminated glass case in front of the Bastion Wall at the historic home until June 10, when they embark of a tour of the East Midlands before arriving at the Natural History Museum in London in time for the Olympics.

The Duke of Devonshire said he was “very proud” to see the display at Chatsworth House.

He added: “We’re so pleased to have something so wonderful and imaginative to share with all of our visitors.

“I think everyone will be very excited by these great big lions looking like they’re about to spring out of the cage.”