South Esplanade, Burnham-on-Sea
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
South West England
Somerset Art Works

Artist Rebecca Moss ( has taken her inspiration from two guardian lions on one of the houses in Bridgwater’s Quayside. They are powerful mythic symbols of guardianship and protection, placed at the front
of buildings to ward off intruders. 41 lions have been created and installed at the Burnham-on-Sea Esplanade. In contrast to the sea wall, this army of concrete creatures signifies an alternative system of defence against flooding, and in a social and cultural context, sparks the viewers’

Rebecca seeks to combine and re-interpret in a modern-day context, some architecturally significant features in Bridgwater, specifically the development and early use of concrete. Bridgwater has some of the earliest
surviving examples of decorative and reinforced concrete in the UK, so there is a profound link with the reinforced concrete sea wall at Burnham-on-Sea, which protects this area that is very susceptible to flooding.

Commissioned by Somerset Art Works (SAW)

Funded by Gilbert Bayes Trust, The Elephant Trust, Arts Council England Lottery Programme

Supported by Burnham & Highbridge Town Council, Segdemoor District Council, Environment Agency, Robinswood Stone, Lyndon Brett Partnership, Plenderleith Scantlebury