12 posts tagged Lion
12 posts tagged Lion
Korean artist Yong Ho Ji recycles old tires by transforming them into dramatic sculptures like the awesome animals seen here. The lion sculpture at the top of this post was photographed by Redditor m1keyth at the at the Beyond Limits sculpture expo in Chatsworth, UK.
Visit Yong Ho Ji’s websiteto view many more examples of his awesome tire sculptures.
A day devoted to sharing awesome optical illusions is a great opportunity to share more amazing anamorphic street art pieces created by Nikolaj Arndt (previously featured here), who is currently based in Marburg, Germany.
Nikolaj’s artwork is so entertaining, we might need to plan a Geyser of Awesome field trip to Germany. Is anyone else up for a casual stroll with a lion or lunch with some pandas? Just be sure to watch out for sidewalk sharks.
Visit Nikolaj’s deviantART page to check out even more of his fantastic 3D street art.
French sculptor Pierre Matter beautifully combines biological and mechanical elements to create awesome large-scale sculptures that are as impressively grand as they are surprisingly tender.
"Many of Matter’s sculptures examine humanity’s relationship with both animals and machines, portraying these creatures and devices as beasts of burden, caretakers, religious symbols, and medical devices."
"He works mostly with bronze, however he also uses recycled and scrap materials, to build his hybrid sculptures. His imaginative artwork is a continuation of an ongoing dialogue concerning human existence and changes brought about by advances in technology and the sciences."
Visit Pierre Matter’s website to view more of his amazing sculptures.
The Geyser of Awesome was recently tipped off to a particularly awesome and exceptional tale of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship. Thanks to Pamela, we learned about Bonedigger, a five-year-old, 500 pound lion, and Milo, a seven-year-old, 11 pound Dachsund, aka Bonedigger’s BFF. They live together at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
Bonedigger was born with a metabolic bone disease that left him mildly disabled. While he was still just a cub, Milo and two other dachshunds, Bullet and Angel, seemed to sense that Bonedigger needed extra care and the three dogs sought to comfort and protect the young lion.
Now Bonedigger and his pack of wiener dogs cuddle, feast on raw meat, and play on the park grounds together. Sometimes Park manager John Reinke gets in on the cuddling as well. Perhaps best of all, after their meals, Milo licks Bonedigger’s mouth clean - teeth, tongue, and all.
Milo also does his best to mimic Bonedigger’s ‘puffing’ behaviour - “a deafening lion growl that can be heard over a mile away. Wild lions use it to communicate with other prides in their natural environment.”
The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park was damaged and flooded by the horrendous tornado that tore through Oklahoma on May 20th. Nevertheless, they’ve been providing shelter for both domestic and wild animals that were left homeless after the storm. Click here if you’re interesting in donating to the park.
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"The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar."
[via Laughing Squid]
You don’t need to pick these flowers. These are the lion’s flowers. Really, you shouldn’t pick these particular flowers, no matter how pretty you might find them. Don’t try to take the sign either. It belongs to the lion as well. Please move along.
"Keepers have put up a sign telling visitors not to pick the flowers - in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park. Every spring the grassy paddock where the lions are kept gives way to a glorious display of bluebells."
Photo by Pete Willows
How to be a Retronaut has posted a wonderful series of photographs taken by Michael Rougier for LIFE magazine sometimes in the 1970s. They depict the everyday life of a family and what appears to be their awesome pet lion. Our efforts to find the original LIFE article have failed thus far, but we would love to know what brought lion and family together in the first place and, you know, whether he ever decided to make a snack of one of them.
Be sure to check out How to be a Retronaut to see the entire series.
Edit: aarecords, one of our awesome readers, just shed some light on this series of photos:
"That’s Tippi Hedren, star of “The Birds”, and her daughter Melanie Griffith. She adopted lions and other big animals that had been used in films. I believe she still has an animal sanctuary in southern Cali."
Thanks you aarecords! We very much appreciate the information and are delighted that you enjoy the Geyser of Awesome. :)