‘Clockwork Lion’ in London Cries, “Time Is Running Out for Big Cats”

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“The Clockwork Lion, Commissioned by Nat Geo Wild in support of the Big Cats Initiative” reads a plaque on the base of a newly unveiled sculpture in Trafalgar Square. At the bottom it adds, “Time is running out for big cats.” (Photo by Mikael Buck/Nat Geo Wild)

Time is running out for big cats.

That’s the message of a new statue in London’s Trafalgar Square, commissioned by Nat Geo Wild and about to be auctioned to raise money for National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.

The gaunt frame, torn hide, and wide, harrowed eyes of the Clockwork Lion give a drastically different impression than the steady, powerful look of the famous Landseer Lions around him, dramatically illustrating the decline wild lions have experienced since the original statues were installed in 1867.

For those seeking more literal communication of the situation, a plaque on the front of the base provides viewers facts about lions and the Big Cats Initiative’s work to protect them in the wild.

Trafalgar Square, London, Thursday 28th January 2016: Countdown star Rachel Riley unveils Nat Geo WILD’S dramatic new clockwork lion sculpture in Trafalgar Square, highlighting the plight of big cats ahead of Big Cat Week, 8pm 1-7 Feb on Nat Geo WILD This picture: The new statue this morning at sunrise For further information please contact Amy Williams on 07702 706 229 or amy.williams@premiercomms.com PR Handout - editorial usage only Copyright: © Mikael Buck / Nat Geo Wild +44 (0) 782 820 1042 http://www.mikaelbuck.com
The gaunt frame and harrowed clock-face eyes of the Clockwork Lion give a drastically different impression than the steady, powerful look of the Landseer Lions around him, dramatically illustrating the decline wild lions have experienced since the original statues were cast in 1867. (Photo by Mikael Buck/Nat Geo Wild)

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