50-Foot Lion Sculpture Carved From A Single Tree Took 20 People 3 Years To Complete

May 11, 2017


These are a handful of shots of a single Dawn Redwood tree that was carved into a massive lion over the course of three years by twenty workers under the guidance of Chinese architect Dengding Rui Yao. The finished sculpture, dubbed Oriental Lion, measures 47.5-feet long, 16.5-feet tall and 13 feet wide. For reference, that's about the size of-- "Not your penis." God no, I said 47.5-feet long, not 80.

Keep going for several more shots, including a shot of the tree used before it was cut down (but why was it cut down?). Also, if I was that lion I'd get those growths on my back looked at by a dermatologist.






Thanks to Lucinda, who could have carved that tree into a massive bonfire party in a singe night. Awesome, just remind me to not wear pleather pants again so they don't melt to my legs.

  • Forblat

    Original story via google translate says it's Mahogany, which makes sense since it's from Burma, so no worries just old growth rainforest wood. God knows when that random picture of a tree that has nothing to do with the sculpture got added


  • TheQiwiMan

    That's pretty freakin cool. I want a 50 foot lion now.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Hopefully I can preempt the 10 million comments bitching about the tree being cut down by pointing out that the tree in the picture is still happily standing, in Japan (notice the sign next to the tree in Japanese?). Apparently the tree is called "Kamou no Ohkusu"

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    how do you even cut that tree down? it's got girth

  • TheQiwiMan

    "Girth" can never stand in the way of true love, fam.

  • Big McLargehuge

    Looked better as a tree.

  • Jenness

    Wow - that's spectacular but I too also wonder why they had to cut the tree down

  • Guesticle

    "why the tree was cut down"

    to make a moderately ugly giant lion statue out of a single piece of mahogany of course

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