Living Lion….a green collaboration between HSBC Australia and The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To mark the occasion of the opening of HSBC’s new Barangaroo branch, the bank has collaborated with The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, installing a living lion made from 5,600 plants.

HSBC Living Lion, Barangaroo precinct

The green living lion sculpture stands four metres high in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct to celebrate the launch of HSBC’s 40th branch and also speaks to their commitment to sustainability.

The installation is constructed of living plants that are irrigated with recycled water from the Barangaroo precinct and references HSBC’s commitment to tackle climate change and support sustainable growth.  As The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s Principal Environment Partner, HSBC has pledged to provide USD100bn in sustainable finance and investment by 2025.

As the foremost botanical science and conservation institution in Australia, we are very proud to support HSBC’s lion activation in Barangaroo.  HSBC and the Botanic Garden’s 22-year partnership is underpinned by a shared commitment to  protect the natural environment and inspire and educate younger generations about the diversity and importance of plants

David Laughlin, Curator Manager, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

“As the foremost botanical science and conservation institution in Australia, we are very proud to support HSBC’s lion activation in Barangaroo.  HSBC and the Botanic Garden’s 22-year partnership is underpinned by a shared commitment to  protect the natural environment and inspire and educate younger generations about the diversity and importance of plants,” said David Laughlin, Curator Manager, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

On public display for five weeks, the installation also pays homage to ‘Stephen and Stitt’, the two HSBC bronze lion sculptures that were shipped from England to Shanghai for the opening of a new branch in 1923.

HSBC Living Lion

“Lions have played a unique role in HSBC’s history, with bronze statues guarding many HSBC offices around the world for almost a century. Our living, breathing lion is a tribute to this legacy as well as our commitment a greener future,” said Jessica Power, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Australia.

Lions have played a unique role in HSBC’s history, with bronze statues guarding many HSBC offices around the world for almost a century. Our living, breathing lion is a tribute to this legacy as well as our commitment a greener future

Jessica Power, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Australia

“We’re particularly delighted to have worked with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, our partner for over two decades, to create the lion in an ecologically-sustainable way,” she added.

From Monday 17th February to Sunday 8th March, the living lion will also be adorned with brightly coloured palms transforming it into an installation for the Colour the Streets festival that returns to Barangaroo to support the LGBTIQ community and celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020.

Visit the Barangaroo Lion’s Instagram page @barangaroolion or search the hashtag #barangaroolion