Pride of Cape Town was a world class, major public arts event that sees a fabulous pride of life-size lion sculptures, designed and painted by talented local artists, prowling the iconic V&A Waterfront for 8 weeks in the summer if 2013 in aid of international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation. The Lion sculptures showcased the creativity of Cape Town; its heritage, architecture, regeneration and arts scene, as well as raised awareness of the plight of big cats in Africa.
Lion numbers have dramatically dropped due to persecution, loss of habitat and unsustainable trophy-hunting. Their position has never been more perilous and there may be as few as 25,000 left across the entire continent. Born Free already has long-established links with South Africa and operates Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres at the prestigious Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape
Pride of Cape Town animated the V&A Waterfront creating a memorable experience for all, attracting thousands of people and encouraging residents to become ‘tourists in their own city’. The event culminated in a charity auction, with net proceeds from the sale of the lion sculptures being donated to Born Free.
Although the event is now over, you can view each and every one of the pride on our Auction page.