Traditional Chinese Lions (Indianapolis Zoo)
|Traditional Chinese Lions (Indianapolis Zoo)|
|Dimensions||130 cm × 62 cm × 97 cm (53 in × 24.5 in × 38 in)|
|Location||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
Traditional Chinese Lions is a public artwork located at the entrance to the Indianapolis Zoo, which is near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The sculpture is made up of two traditional Chinese lions made of white marble situated on white marble bases. Each lion is approximately 53 inches in height, 24.5 inches wide and 38 inches deep. Each base is approximately 36 inches in height, 24.5 inches wide and 38 inches deep. Each sculpture is four tons. The pieces were made by four carvers from Fang Shan County, Zhejiang Province, China, as a gift from Indiana's sister province, Zhejiang. They were completed in January 1988 and dedicated on June 27, 1988 as part of the Indianapolis Zoo's opening within White River State Park.
The sculpture is made of two stylized Chinese lions set on pedestals, facing each other. The female lion on the west holds a little cub in her arms. The male lion on the east plays with an embroidery ball. The lions represent luck and happiness.
- In memory of the establishment
- of Province - State relations of
- friendship between the Province
- of Zhejiang, the Peoples Repub-
- lic of China and the State of/
- Indiana, the United States
- Governor Shen Zulun
- Zhejiang Province
- P. R. China
- January 1988
- 浙江省省长 沈祖伦
The Traditional Chinese Lions were surveyed in December 1992 as part of the Indiana Survey for the Smithsonian Institution's Save Outdoor Sculpture initiative. At the time their condition was described as, "treatment urgent." A September 2009 evaluation found the sculptures to be in poor condition, with multiple large cracks and numerous smaller fractures throughout, as well as repaired losses in the marble.
As a reciprocal gift, Governor Orr of Indiana offered Zhejiang a statue of an American Bison. The sculpture was carved by the Boruff brothers out of a block of limestone from Bedford, Indiana. The project was paid for by donations, primarily from several banks in Indianapolis and Bedford.