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Meet London’s most terrifying new statue

Posted at 1:15 pm, May 28, 2015 in Animals, Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
She Guardian R2

[Photo: Andrew Meredith]

If you go down to Marble Arch today, you’re in for a big surprise. Because there’s an 11-metre-high bronze cat-with-wings that screams at you FOREVER.

She G R2

[Photo: Andrew Meredith]

The work, called ‘She Guardian’, comprises four tonnes of bronze, sculpted over two years by Russian artist Dashi Namdakov. The artist says the ferocity of the sculpture demonstrates the monster’s ‘maternal protectiveness toward her young.’ To which we’d say: OH GOD THERE ARE YOUNG ONES TOO?

Councillor Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council said: ‘Marble Arch is our prime location for which we only use the best possible work. Hopefully this piece will inspire and delight in equal measure.’ If by ‘inspire and delight’ he means ‘intimidate and menace’ then we entirely agree.

[Photo: Andrew Meredith]

Our art editor’s verdict? ‘It’s Rodin meets Ridley Scott, in a bad way.’

She Guardian By Dashi Namdakov Unveiled At Marble Arch
The artist himself. [Photo: Mary Turner/Getty Images for Halcyon Gallery 2015]

I for one welcome our new cat-dragon overlord.

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