Giant Lion Carved from Single Tree Trunk Took 20 People 3 Years to Complete
20 people more than 3 years, a single tree trunk has been carved into a
giant lion titled Oriental Lion. Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao led the team
in carving out the enormous redwood trunk, which is now located
in Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei
The artists worked on the mammoth sculpture in Myanmar
before it traveled a little over 3,000 miles in December 2015 to China.
Measuring in at 47.5 feet long, 16.5 feet high, and 13 feet wide, the
giant lion is the world's largest redwood sculpture according to
Guinness World Records.
Oriental Lion‘s head, paws, and tail have
been sculpted into a smooth finish, with the torso maintaining the
trunk's rough texture. It's unknown if the wood was sourced from China,
but we certainly hope it was a tree that was sick or dying rather than
being chopped down for the project. If it did come from China, it's most
likely a Metasequoia, a fast growing tree found in the Hubei Province.
use of the lion in public sculpture is a clear choice given the
animal's significance in Chinese culture. As a symbol of power, they are
often used at the gates of palaces, temples, and tombs to ward off evil
spirits. Since its installation in Wuhan, the giant lion has become a
favorite new monument in the city.
The giant lion sculpture in China is carved from a single tree and holds the record for the world's largest redwood sculpture.
Source: My Modern Met
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