Chinese artists create world’s largest redwood sculpture
Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei Province, recently received a record-breaking, brilliant and imposing carving, which sits in their Fortune Plaza Time Square.
This carving of an enormous lion is over 14 meters long, 5 meters high and 4 meters wide. Thankfully no real lion can ever grow to this size.
This work was carved over a period of 3 years before it was, presumably very carefully, transported 5,000 kilometers to its final resting place in the center of the city.
This magnificent creature was carved from a single enormous redwood tree trunk and took a team of 20 sculptors to reach its final stage of completion. While the face, paws and tail are finely smoothed and polished, the center mass is still made of rough wood, giving it the appearance of a butter sculpture that was maimed by a malfunctioning microwave.
The lion is a celebrated in traditional Chinese culture as a symbol of power and believed to contain the power to ward off evil spirits. If this is the case, then a carving of this size will likely ward off spirits for at least a ten block radius, potentially driving up property prices in the adjacent apartment blocks.