Taking 20 people more than 3 years, a single tree trunk has been carved into a giant lion carved, titled Oriental Lion. Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao led the team in carving out the enormous redwood trunk. It is located in Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province.
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.
Giant Lion Carved From Tree Trunk
Oriental Lion‘s head, paws, and tail have been sculpted into a smooth finish. It’s unknown if the wood was sourced from China. 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.
The use of the lion in public sculpture is a clear choice given the animal’s significance in Chinese culture. They are often used at the gates of palaces, temples, and tombs to ward off evil spirits. The giant lion has become a favorite new monument in the city.