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Giant Lion Carved From Single Tree By 20 People In 3 Years Becomes The World’s Largest Redwood Sculpture
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Giant Lion Carved From Single Tree By 20 People In 3 Years Becomes The World’s Largest Redwood Sculpture

A giant wooden sculpture of a roaring lion now stands proudly in a Central Chinese city square, and the journey it took to get there makes it all the more spectacular.

The Oriental Lion, as it has been dubbed, was carved from a single redwood tree trunk over the span of 3 years. Established Chinese architect Dengding Rui Yao, reportedly assisted by over 20 people, initiated the project in Myanmar, where the carving was seen through. Finally, when the great beast was finished in December of 2015, 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.

Lions play a significant role in traditional Chinese culture. When Buddhism spread from India to China, so did many of its symbols, including the lion. Seen as protectors, lion statues became a common installation at the gates of imperial palaces, including the legendary Forbidden City in Beijing. Today, they can even be found outside of hotels and restaurants, just in case any evil spirits drifted from the Han dynasty into modern times.

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Đen Nguyễn
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5 years ago

Took 20 people 3 years to complete, but probably took the tree hundreds and thousand of years to grow to that size.

Rick Lewis
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5 years ago

Look at the picture of the tree between the houses. It wasn't a giant redwood.

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Nancy E
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5 years ago

Different countries cultures vary, but, to me , the giant redwood is more beautiful than the lion. The tree says, I'm majestic ,enjoy long life , & , I'm alive. The lion says , I sacrificed a living tree , had 3 years of work , for art.

Helping Panda
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5 years ago

Came here to say this exact thing...

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Rivkaka
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5 years ago

It is a spectacular sculpture! But I was curious why that amazing tree was cut down for this? I hoped I would read it in the intro text.

Anne Madag
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5 years ago

agree, Imagine that tree was remove (in 4th pic) then what will be look of that place :(

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Đen Nguyễn
Community Member
5 years ago

Took 20 people 3 years to complete, but probably took the tree hundreds and thousand of years to grow to that size.

Rick Lewis
Community Member
5 years ago

Look at the picture of the tree between the houses. It wasn't a giant redwood.

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Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

Different countries cultures vary, but, to me , the giant redwood is more beautiful than the lion. The tree says, I'm majestic ,enjoy long life , & , I'm alive. The lion says , I sacrificed a living tree , had 3 years of work , for art.

Helping Panda
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5 years ago

Came here to say this exact thing...

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Rivkaka
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5 years ago

It is a spectacular sculpture! But I was curious why that amazing tree was cut down for this? I hoped I would read it in the intro text.

Anne Madag
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5 years ago

agree, Imagine that tree was remove (in 4th pic) then what will be look of that place :(

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