Vancouver Icons: Lions Gate Bridge Lionsby
On this day in 1939, two lions created by sculptor Charles Marega were placed at the south entrance of the Lions Gate Bridge. They were the last commissioned work for this prominent yet struggling Vancouver artist.
To quote my blog post on this day last year: “Over the years the lions have been a sign of ‘quitting time’ for North Shore commuters, the focus of tourist photos, brought awareness to causes and campaigns through their mysterious get-ups, and provided support for our home teams.” Frequently photographed by park explorers and passers-by, today’s Vancouver Icon photo collection features the Lions Gate Bridge lions.
Other Vancouver Icons posts include: LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.
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I have a question……why are there no lions on the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge????