East Lion, Lions Gate Bridge
by Charles Marega

These photographs by Gary Sim show one of the two lions that flank the south end of the Lions Gate Bridge, that connects Stanley Park to the North Shore. These pictures were taken during the bridge re-decking project, which, among its other achievements, broke half of the right ear off of this lion. No wonder it looks a bit cranky. Marega wanted to carve these in stone, but the budget wouldn't allow that, so they were cast upside down in concrete. They are hollow inside, despite which they are very heavy and required a specially designed assembly to roll them upright after casting. The picture in the middle has been edited to erase the mess of construction signage visible in the lower picture.