by Jade Small
This magnificent giant lion, carved from a massive redwood tree guards the Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei Province.
It took over three years for Master sculptor Dengdin Rui Yao and a team of twenty sculptors to complete the lion carving in Myanmar. The sculpture stands at 14.5m long, 5m high and 4m wide and was transported over 5,000km to China. The “Oriental Lion” hold the Guinness World Record for the largest redwood sculpture carved from a single tree trunk.
The lion’s head, paws and tail are beautifully detailed, smooth and polished, while the body shows the original texture of the wood.
Since ancient times, lions have been auspicious symbols of power and protection and are also believed to ward off evil and often placed in pairs at the gates of important buildings, homes and graves. The Fortune Plaza Times Square the perfect home for the imposing “Oriental Lion”.