One of the two bronze lions that flank the Michigan Avenue entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago were made for the Art Institute's opening at its current location in 1893. They were a gift from Mrs. Henry Field. They have unofficial "names," which were given by their sculptor Edward Kemeys that are more like designations. You'll notice that the lions are not identical, and thus are named for their poses. This is the "south lion" which is named, "Stands in an Attitude of Defiance."
During the Christmas season, many passersby will see the lions draped with Christmas wreaths over their shoulders. When various professional sports teams of Chicago are in playoffs or finals, the lions will be dressed in the various uniforms and sometimes wearing helmets over their large manes, like the Chicago Bears football team. But that hasn't happened in a while, has it?
Photo captured August 6, 2010.
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