Artists Spent 3 Years Carving A Redwood Tree To Create A Giant Lion Sculpture

This is the world’s largest Redwood sculpture - and it’s breathtaking!

For over three years, Chinese architect Dengding Rui Yao and twenty supportive artists have been carving the base of a single Redwood tree trunk to create the largest sculpture of its kind in the world.

The project, which was initiated in Myanmar, was finished in December of 2015 and was transported over 3,000 miles to reach Wuhan’s Fortune Plaza Times Square, located in China. Called The Oriental Lion, the enormous sculpture is 16.5 feet high, 27.5 feet long and 13 feet wide.

The Oriental Lion captures attention not only because it is gargantuan in size, but because the animal plays a significant role in traditional Chinese culture. As Bored Panda points out, the spread of Buddhism from India to China resulted in many of the religion’s symbols being transferred, as well. Lions are regarded as protectors and are now common installations at the gates of imperial palaces – such as the legendary Forbidden City in Beijing.

Some sculptures of lions can even be found outside restaurants and hotels in China but none are as fierce nor as big as the Oriental Lion – the world’s largest Redwood sculpture. Following are images of the grand installation:

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