Celebrating our Legacy this World Lion’s Day

9 August 2018 Kingspan Group
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Since our inception in the 1960’s, the Kingspan brand has been synonymous with our logo, which centres around Leo the lion. For almost 60 years, we have been pioneers in the development of innovative and sustainable building solutions. Our products are featured on some of the most iconic buildings across the globe, and our logo is as integral to the success of our business as the product in every project we have completed.

Lions are well known for their tenacity, confidence and courage, and we like to think these are qualities we share with them, and qualities which have ultimately been responsible for our business success. This World Lion’s Day (August 10th), we want to acknowledge our link with lions, but also on a much larger scale, to take a look at the intrinsic, if not unexpected, link between lions, the world of construction and architecture globally.

If you visit any major world city, there is no doubt that you will stumble across a feature lion. From New York and Washington to Shanghai and London, statues of lions take pride of place as part of the most beautiful architecture of the world. As the “king of beasts” a lion conveys strength and courage in architecture. Lions have also long been a symbol of royalty and nobility and if depicted roaring, are seen as a symbol of power and prestige.
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Visitors to London’s iconic Trafalgar Square will tell you that tourists are instantly drawn to the set of four enormous bronze lions, installed in 1867, which each weigh seven tonnes, and are situated at the foot of Nelson’s Column. The lions were designed by the British painter and sculptor Edwin Landseer.

From the lions lining the staircase in Boston Public Library and New York Public Library, to the Medici Lions in Rome, from the Lion sculpture at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Sofia, Bulgaria, to The Terrace of the Lions in Delos, Greece and the Lion of Lucerne in Switzerland, these are just a few of the lion sculptures that stop tourists and locals alike in their tracks every day. 

Both in the wild and in the beautiful architecture that surrounds us, lions are a, perhaps underrated, source of joy. However, the millions of lion statues that are scattered across the globe today represent a population of between just 20,000 and 32,000[1], living, breathing lions. In just over 20 years, it is estimated that the global population of lions has decreased by 43%[2]. Lion numbers have dramatically declined to the point where the species needs to be placed on the endangered list.  World Lions Day aims to raise awareness of the king of the Jungle and the importance of safeguarding their livelihood this August 10th.
 
[1] http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15951/0
 
[2] http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15951/0

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