Taking 20 sculptors more than 3 years, a single tree trunk has been carved into a giant lion titled “Oriental Lion”. Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao led the team in carving out the enormous redwood trunk which is now a majestic new attraction at the Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province.
Measuring 14.5 meters in length, 5 meters in height and 4 meters in width, the lion sculpture has become the city’s new landmark and is attracting large crowds. The lion was was built over a period of three years in Myanmar and was transported more than 5,000 kilometers from there to China.
Most of the Oriental Lion’s body retains the original texture of the wood – only its head, paws, and tail appear to have been chiselled smooth and polished. The “Oriental Lion” holds the Guinness Record for the world’s largest redwood sculpture.
Since ancient times, the lion has been auspicious in China as a symbol of power and grandeur. They are also believed to ward off evil spirits, which is why imposing statues of lions can be seen at the gates of imperial palaces, official residences, temples and tombs.