Giant Lion Carved From Single Tree By 20 People In 3 Years Becomes The World’s Largest Redwood Sculpture
A single tree trunk has been shaped into a giant lion called the Oriental Lion which carries 20 people for over 3 years.
It is now located in Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province. which is led by Dengding Rui Yao and his team to carving out the enormous redwood trunk,
Dengding Rui Yao has been commissioned to sculpt a massive redwood trunk, he only had one thing in mind, and therefore the lion is regarded as the strongest member of the animal kingdom, which is why we consider that the lion symbolizes majesty, courage, and strength.
The architect-led a team of 20 people to carve a giant lion sculpture out of the gigantic trunk. Due to its enormous size and elaborate details, it took them 3 years to complete the giant lion 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.