Friday, August 27, 2010

Lions of Washington DC

The first place we visited in Washington DC, the National Zoo, has two striking lion sculptures at the entrance. Not long after we visited the Corcoran Gallery, which also has lions guarding the door. Once I started looking for them, they were everywhere. So here's my tribute to the lions of Washington DC.

Photos: lions decorate the crest of Calvert House, our apartment building; one of two bronze lions by Roland Hinton Perry guarding the National Zoo; the originals, cast in concrete, were installed on the Taft Bridge; the lion with the most personality (a bronze cast of the original marble by Antonio Canova) at the Corcoran Gallery; lion doorknocker at the Corcoran; lion inside the Building Museum; lion on an apartment en route to Dupont Circle; lion outside an apartment in Woodley Park; lion lamp for sale in Cleveland Park; lion in the Ulysses S. Grant memorial by Henry Merwin Shrady at the US Capitol; lion in the Christopher Columbus Fountain by Lorado Taft outside Union Station; lion at Lafayette Park; lion fountain in Georgetown - one last lion found on our last night in town!

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