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A random act of art in East Lake

The Lion in East Lake. acnatta/Flickr

I’ve always enjoyed stumbling across strange things while driving around town – or exploring any city for that matter. You never know what you’re going to stumble across and why it’s been done. Remember, I said I didn’t always want to be driving around town not that I didn’t mind exploring every once in a while.

I’m sure someone already knows why this particular piece of art was done (UPDATE: here’s a video all about the Lion of Judah courtesy of MyFoxAL & WSFA; I also found the website maintained by the artist, Andy Cummings), but I thought it was just something cool to find on my way to Ruffner the other day – so I took a picture of it on the way back from there today. I just found it was a cool way to re-purpose a tree.

Yes, you heard me right, a closer look at the photo shows the remnants of the stump at the lion’s base. The first thing I thought of when seeing it was the lions guarding the entrance of Legion Field over on Birmingham’s west side. Folks from home would be more likely to be thinking about the ones standing guard in front of the Fifth Avenue branch of the New York Public Library.

Have you seen any cool pieces of art around town recently?

Photo: The Lion in East Lake. acnatta/Flickr

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Nick Patterson
Nick Patterson

Quite cool. Guy carved it with a chain saw. I drove by while he was doing it. Wish I knew who the artist was...