The lion is known as the most powerful member of the animal kingdom. Very often, the lion is used to symbolize majesty, courage and strength.
The world’s largest redwood sculpture, a giant wooden sculpture of a roaring lion now stands proudly in the Fortune Plaza Times square in Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei Province in China.
And the journey it took to get there makes it all the more spectacular.
The oriental lion was carved in Myanmar over the course of three years by a 20-person team led by Dengding Rui Yao, and then traveled more than 3000 miles to its current resting place.
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The creators traced quite a bit of detail into the nearly 50-foot-long sculpture, while also providing a stylish display for the tree’s natural knots.
The original tree was a Metasequoia, but all we really know is that it was a tree big enough for the record books—47.5 feet long, 16.5 feet high and 13 feet wide, to be exact.
That said, a Google search for “large redwood sculptures” doesn’t really turn up that much competition for the Lion—making said sculptures, after all, involves cutting down humongous trees and retooling them.
And you can find a nice and large redwood sculpture of Bigfoot in Garberville, California, however.
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.