Sky Sports committee ‘The Lion’ to support Warren Gatland’s side for South Africa series

Sky Sports shows off a unique multi-dimensional artwork called ‘The Lion’ at Cardiff Castle to support Warren Gatland’s side as excitement mounts ahead of South Africa’s test series

  • Sky Sports has commissioned an artwork ahead of the Lions series
  • It can be seen in Cardiff Castle and changes shape depending on the angle
  • On one side it depicts a rugby player, but on the other side it depicts a lion
  • Warren Gatland’s side kicks off South African series with first Test on Saturday op

Sky Sports has shown their support for Warren Gatland’s Lions side by commissioning a one-off multi-dimensional piece of rugby artwork.

The ‘Lion’ as he has been dubbed is on display at Cardiff Castle and is designed to build excitement at home ahead of the South African series, especially with Covid restrictions meaning fans will not be able to travel and tour to be.

Perceptual artist Michael Murphy stands behind the artwork, which he has described as “illusions of images rendered in three-dimensional space” and hopes to represent the passion of Lions fans.

Sky Sports has commissioned a unique piece of rugby artwork called ‘The Lion’

From one perspective, the multidimensional piece shows a Lions player running with the ball

From one perspective, the multidimensional piece shows a Lions player running with the ball

But it's cleverly designed to represent a roaring lion from a different angle

But it’s cleverly designed to represent a roaring lion from a different angle

Measuring 7m x 7m, the artwork appears to be a roaring lion from one angle, but viewed from another perspective shows a player in lion colors sprinting with ball in hand.

The piece uses all four colors of the countries represented on the team, who will enter the test series with South Africa without the support of their supporters due to Covid restrictions.

Scott Quinnell, a three-time Lions player, paid tribute to the work for how it represents the unity of the side.

He said, ‘I think it’s absolutely perfect. It’s brought the four nations together, there’s a little bit of each player in it.

Michael Murphy is the artist behind it and wanted the artwork to have more than one form

Michael Murphy is the artist behind it and wanted the artwork to have more than one form

“You go around and see the lion—that brings everything together.”

The Lions face South Africa in the first Test of the series on Saturday in Cape Town, before traveling to Johannesburg for the final two games.

Warren Gatland’s men have won five of their six warm-up matches for the series, although the one they lost was to a test-strength South African A side.

Tune in to Sky Sports The Lions to watch every match of the Lions tour of South Africa live.

It measures 7m x 7m and is on display at Cardiff Castle ahead of the series starting this weekend

It measures 7m x 7m and is on display at Cardiff Castle ahead of the series starting this weekend

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