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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sculpture and Lions 2

Here's the inspiration for the Lion I'm carving in AAC. These lions are supports for a large fountain in the gardens at Hearst Castle



There are several of these lions at Hearst Castle. Four act as support for an enormous bowl fountain, while another pair are sited not too far away. I love how worried they look. Obviously the artist had never seen a lion. Their manes look like flower petals. Notice at their paws, each holds something different, a calf, a bull.....

When we visited Hearst Castle, it was already late afternoon. We took the last tour (unguided) of the day and wandered through uncrowded gardens. We sat and watch the sunset, high above the clouds. 
Tours imply walking, but the best way to appreciate a garden is to sit in it...

3 comments:

Theresa Cheek said...

ok, the art historian in me is coming out! The lions are very stylized and similar to Assyrian sculpture...they have an asian influence as well, with the treatment of the mane and shape of face....nicely done on your part...they are a good clone of the originals!!

dutchbaby said...

I've visited Hearst Castle a couple of times but did not take the time to visit the gardens. I will resolve to do this the next time in in the area. The view of the ocean looks incredible.

These lions look nothing like the ones we saw in Botswana but I find them quite interesting. I like how the first photo shows the skin draped over the rib cage.

Stone Art said...

wow that place looks amazing. I see what you mean about the artist never seeing a real lion before, still nice all the same.