Saturday, August 10, is World Lion Day. In honor of that event, today features three of the newest sculptures in Little Rock.
Dedicated on June 26, the trio of leonine creatures are located in the new roundabout at Zoo Drive and Fair Park Boulevard in War Memorial Park.
Lions Pride consists of three sculptures. Created by Darrell Davis, they are made of cast aluminum. These are likely the first sculptures in Little Rock made of cast aluminum.
One is of a male lion, while the other two depict female lions. All three are posed in sitting positions atop rocks which were installed last month in the roundabout.
One of the large rocks weighs over 37,000 pounds while another weighs more than 35,000 pounds. There are several other rocks in the formation which weigh more than a ton. The rocks were donated by Granite Mountain Quarry.
The project was a partnership between Sculpture at the River Market, the Little Rock Zoo, the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department, and the Little Rock Public Works Department. A portion of the money donated for this project was a memorial to former Zoo Director Mike Blakely.