Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Botanic Gardens, Marble Lions

This is one of two sculpted lions, in white Italian marble, located in the Botanic Gardens. They were originally part of the layout of the Garden Palace grounds and installed around 1882. They were removed during the construction of the Cahill Expressway and put in storage for decades. They were reinstalled on concrete footings in the Garden Palace grounds in 1994, on the northern side of the Rose Garden, with the Conservatorium of Music behind them.

25 comments:

  1. They are cool looking lion sculptures. I am glad they were put back on display! Lovely photo.

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  2. Yes, glad they were rescued from their storage safari. :)

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  3. Reminds me of the two lion sculptures that grace the entrance to the famous Lion Bridge at St. Augustine, Florida.

    This is very beautiful, and I'm not lying!

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  4. Love the Lions. Are they the same as the two in these pics of my cousins from 1961 ?
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  5. Need to wander off down that way again: a lovely time of the year for it.

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  6. nellibell49, these are a different couple of statues in the rose garden. The lion and lioness statues are located at the other end of the gardens inside the Lion Gate entrance, along Mrs Macquaries Road.

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  7. What beautiful sculptures and, yes, I too am so glad that they were taken out of storage! Great capture for the day, Jim! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    Sylvia

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  8. Love anything in marble -it gives the lion a regal look! But its wildness tempered by the red roses behind:)

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  9. I like the contrast of the red roses behind. Nice composition, and thank you for the history behind the photo.

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  10. He looks like a royalty with all the rose surrounding him. ^_^

    Ruby Tuesday

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  11. He's a beauty Jim, love the red roses behind him.

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  12. Awesome photo! Love the lion with the red flowes ~thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with Ruby Tuesday ^_^

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  13. Those dazzling red roses form the perfect backdrop for that rather drab lion.

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  14. Cool. Your place is full of art. :) I'm your newest follower by the way. Hope you can follow me too.

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  15. Now THAT is a beautiful lion sculpture and it's in the right place. The roses look lovely too.

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  16. It is good they were rescued from their incarceration and put back on public view. Beautiful scultures.

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