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Art on Sunday

Reinaldo López-Carrizo (b. 1944), after R. Hinton Perry (1870 – 1941)
Untitled, 2002
The Lion at the Washington Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

Continuing the theme from yesterday, this is one of two bronze sculptures standing at the Connecticut Avenue entrance to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, a.k.a. the Washington Zoo. (The second sculpture may be seen here.) They are bronze castings of two of the concrete sculptures that adorn the Taft Bridge, which carries Connecticut Avenue over Rock Creek just south of the Zoo. The Taft Bridge sculptures were originally sculpted by R. Hinton Perry in 1906 or thereabouts, and resculpted and recast from Hinton's original design by Reinaldo López-Carrizo in 2000. Shorly after the statues were reinstalled on the Taft Bridge, Zoo director Lucy Spellman approached Reinaldo about having the lions from the bridge cast in bronze for the Zoo.

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