We are pleased to announce that we will be unveiling She Guardian, a monumental sculpture by acclaimed artist, Dashi Namdakov, in London’s Marble Arch on Monday 11 May 2015.
The spectacular bronze statue rises 11 metres from claw to wing tip, and depicts a female feline protecting her young. She Guardian will be placed next to Cumberland Gate, Marble Arch, against a backdrop of green parkland and urban architecture.
A deeply mystical and fantastical sculpture, She Guardian is a powerful feline defender with blade-sharp wings that rear menacingly behind her back. Her snarling jaw and ready claws speak of a primeval urge to attack anyone who might threaten those she protects.
Found within shamanism and Buddhism, such symbolic images of wrathful creatures are traditionally used for deterrence. They are defensive rather than offensive, guardians rather than marauders. These sculptures are found throughout art history – created to protect life or are noted as religious deities in some cultures, for example temple guardians bring prosperity and well-being.
Dashi Namdakov commented “it took me more than 2 years to create She Guardian and I wanted to push the boundaries both in scale, material and movement, her ferocity also revealing the maternal protectiveness toward her young.”