Gigant wooden sculpture of a Lion stands proudly in a Central Chinese city square, what makes it more spectacular is the journey it took to make it. Taking more than 3 years and 20 people the Lion was carved from a single redwood tree trunk.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 Province.
When the Lion was finished it was transported over 3000 miles to reach Wuhan’s Fortune Plaza Times Square. At 47.5 feet long, 16.5 feet high, and 13 feet wide, the Oriental Lion is a force to be reckoned with.
The 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.