The lion is regarded as the most powerful animal in the animal kingdom. The lion is frequently used to represent majesty, courage, and strength. So, when Dengding Rui Yao, a Chinese architect, was commissioned to carve a gigantic redwood stem he had only one idea. The architect oversaw a crew of 20 workers as they carved a massive lion sculpture out of the massive trunk. The gigantic lion sculpture took 3 years to construct due to its vast size and intricate detailing. The trip took to get there only adds to its majesty.
The artists worked on the massive artwork in Myanmar before it traveled over 3,000 kilometers to China in December 2015. According to Guinness World Records, the enormous lion is the world’s largest redwood sculpture, measuring 47.5 feet long, 16.5 feet high, and 13 feet broad.
The head, paws, and tail of the Oriental Lion have been sculpted into a smooth finish, but the body retains the rough roughness of the trunk. It’s unclear whether the wood came from China but we’re hoping it was a sick or dying tree that was saved rather than being cut down for the project. If it is from China it is most likely a Metasequoia, a fast-growing tree native to the Hubei Province.
The enormous lion sculpture in China is the world’s largest redwood sculpture carved from a single tree.