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The Journey of a Life-Size Bronze Lion
It is no small feat to create and install a large-scale public sculpture. On June 11, 2013, 417 hours of intensive planning and skilled craftsmanship came together seamlessly as Pure Sculpture co-founder and artist Brad Oldham’s life-size bronze lion was installed in the courtyard of the National Geographic Society’s Washington, D.C., campus.
From the onset, Oldham had a strong vision for the installation of the 450-pound lost-wax cast bronze lion created in support of National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative. In the months leading up to the installation, Oldham visited the grounds, taking note of every detail, down to the bed of wood chips under the sculpture’s hand-cut marble base. From lighting to signage, Oldham’s clear direction made for an efficient installation and, ultimately, a fantastic display of three-dimensional art.
The life-size lion made its 1,300 mile journey from Dallas to Washington, D.C. By 6:00 a.m. on June 11, National Geographic’s Engineering and Museum teams met Oldham in the courtyard, ready to install and unveil the majestic bronze sculpture, which stands over 66 inches wide and 36 inches tall. Thanks to Oldham’s preparation and the help of the many skilled hands that touched this project, the sculpture was installed in less than 45 minutes. By the time National Geographic staff entered the campus on that Tuesday morning, they were greeted by a magnificent depiction of an adult male lion and its cub.