A giant human puppet of Lady Godiva and three thirty-foot crocheted lions are among the artworks selected to showcase British culture at the 2012 Olympics, reports the BBC. The selected artists and groups are: the Pacitti Theater Company, Shauna Richardson, Alfie Dennen and Paula Le Dieu, the Owl Project and Ed Carter, Anthony McCall and Fact, Brian Irvine and John McIlduff, Craig Coulthard, Lone Twin, Alex Hartley, Marc Rees, Imagineer Productions, and Leeds Canvas.
More than two thousand entries were received in what the Arts Council dubbed the most ambitious and wide-ranging art prize in the UK.
The twelve winning designs, from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the nine English regions, will share nearly nine million dollars. Each project is inspired by its location and celebrates the Olympic Games.
The twelve winning commissions will be developed across 2010 and 2011, among them a full-size football pitch created within woodland in the Scottish Borders and an environmentally sustainable watermill.