Statue of Lion on the Bridge Crossing over Rock Creek Park - Washington D.C.

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Perry Lions: The bridge is "guarded" by four large male lions, two on each end of the bridge (each approx. 7 ft. x 6 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft.). Two of the lions rest on all fours with their heads tilted upwards and mouths slightly open while the other pair lie with their eyes closed, apparently sleeping. They were originally designed and sculpted by Roland Hinton Perry in 1906 out of cast concrete (the bridge as a whole is one of the first cast concrete bridges in the country) and were installed in 1907. In 1964 the lions were restored and weatherproofed by Washington based sculptor Renato Luccetti, although this restoration proved to be less than entirely successful. When a major rehabilitation of the bridge began in 1993, the lions, which were in very bad condition, were removed for further restoration. They may have been stored in the Air Rights Tunnel on southbound I-395, although this is unclear. The sculptures were finally found to be beyond restoring.

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  • Uploaded on July 12, 2011
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    by r.w. dawson
    • Camera: Samsung Techwin <KENOX S630 / Samsung S630>
    • Taken on 2011/07/04 19:53:30
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 13.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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