A single wood trunk was carved into the enormous lion known as the Oriental Lion by 20 individuals over the course of more than three years. The massive redwood stem was carved out by a team led by sculptor Dengding Rui Yao, and it is now on display in Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province.
Before it was transported a little more than 3,000 miles to China in December 2015, the artists worked on the gigantic artwork in Myanmar. According to Guinness World Records, the gigantic lion is the largest redwood sculpture in the world, measuring 47.5 feet long, 16.5 feet high, and 13 feet broad.
The Oriental Lion’s head, paws, and tail have smooth finishes, while the body still has the rough roughness of the trunk. Unknown whether the wood came from China, but we surely hope it was an ill or dying tree rather than one that was felled for the purpose. Probably a Metasequoia, a fast-growing tree found in the Hubei Province, if it did originate in China.
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