The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)
The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)

The Cubs Were Best Friends (Bronze Sculpture)

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Dimensions
4.1 x 10 x 6.7 inch (H*LW) 4.8 lbs
10.5 x 25.5 x 17 cm (H*L*W) 2.2 kg

Medium
Bronze

Style
Contemporary Sculpture, Activist Art, Wildlife

Edition Number
/50

Description
This miniature sculpture was based off Cora and Christian, real cubs in the care of the Born Free Foundation. 

Cora's Date of Birth: Estimated 2004
Cora was rescued from a failed Spanish zoo in January 2017. She now lives at Born Free’s rescue section at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary, South Africa.

Christian's Date of Birth: Estimated 1969
Born in captivity and bought from Harrods by John Rendall and Anthony Bourke, Christian was reintroduced back to the wild in Kora, Kenya, by George Adamson in 1971.

Inspired by the true story and the film ‘Born Free’, this sculpture is a celebration of an orphaned lion cub who was saved by a loving couple. In Northern Kenya, a game warden called George Adamson was sent to deal with a lion who killed a man. Finding three cubs that were left behind he took them home to his wife, Joy, naming them Big One, Lastika and Elsa. They raised the cubs themselves rehoming two at a zoo. But they had formed a special connection with Elsa. They decided to release her to the wild and started the difficult journey of teaching her to fend for herself. After a lot of setbacks including a lack of hunting skills, being attacked by a warthog, and even becoming seriously injured after a different attack, Elsa found her feet. With a lot of hard work and dedication, they taught her how to be a wild cat and set her free in Kenya. Elsa grew to have cubs of her own, starting a new generation of lions that would have never been.

In the sculpture, Elsa stands on a 1961 landrover surrounded by orphan cubs, 20 in total. There are also two couples of adult lions, George and Joy, and Bill and Virginia, representing the real-life couple who raised the little orphaned Elsa, and the actors who played them in the movie. The cubs symbolise the future generations of lions.

If you purchase any of the lions, 30% will go directly to the Born Free Foundation. 

> You can learn more here

Artwork Features
Gillie and Marc
 love working in bronze for many reasons. Bronze is a very hardy material and will last forever. As experts in coloring bronze, Gillie and Marc enjoy experimenting with their sculptures, adding a splash of color to brighten the work, making it even more unique. > Read more

For every purchase of a bronze sculpture you will receive a certificate of authenticity, titled, signed, dated and editioned by the artists.

Care Instructions Artwork Features
Bronze is very easy to clean, allowing you to enjoy your precious sculpture with minimal upkeep. > Read more

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Give Back to the Born Free Foundation
With every edition purchased, Gillie and Marc will proudly donate 30% of proceeds to support the Born Free Foundation. 

Born Free is a UK charity that is on a mission to ensure all animals, either wild or living in captivity, are treated with compassion and respect. With nine working priorities, Born Free is making an impact on many important areas for the wellbeing of wild animals. Focusing on the battle against poaching and trophy hunters, the exploitation of captive animals, human/wildlife co-existence and conservation, transboundary projects and more, Born Free is taking steps to bring us closer to a world where animals can live without suffering at the hands of humans.

Find out more at: https://www.bornfree.org.uk