One Word Sunday: Not Real, But Ethereal

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday‘ theme brought to mind two ethereal lions I have seen and photographed.

This ethereal lion was a part of the boardwalk in our local nature reserve at Green Cay. We always looked out for him when visiting, but unfortunately some of the wooden planks have been recently replaced and Mr Leo has disappeared. I hope one of the workmen noticed his distinguished leonine face and took him home for pride of place on his bar, instead of tossing him on some dump.

The second lion was seen at a local art exhibition in January 2019. This is some very fancy lion indeed, created by Columbian artist Federico Uribe. Entitled β€œLove”, the sculpture is mainly made up of bullet shell cases. In Columbia, violence is an all too common part of daily life. Federico now lives in the US where sadly, there is also an epidemic of gun violence. Symbols of such violence take on a somewhat whimsical nature as this talented artist creates wonderful animal sculptures from ammunition, interspersed with symbols of peace such as butterflies and hearts.

To join in with Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link.

I hope your Sunday is a peaceful and happy one.

67 comments on “One Word Sunday: Not Real, But Ethereal

  1. So agree that the face on the boardwalk looks very Leo. Hopefully he moved on to a good home…if not, his spirit is probably somewhere watching all over us πŸ™‚ What a meaningful lion sculpture. It’s beautiful. Hope you are well, Sylvia.

  2. Hi S,
    Federico Uribe’s lion of love is powerful and really made my day – I love this kind of activist art that is also zany. The tree is also fun.
    Hope you are having a nice start to the month πŸ™‚

  3. Sylvia I think I recall seeing the wooden lion in a previous post or perhaps on social media. I too hope the workman saw the face prior to disposal. The second one is fascinating. How symbolic to be made of ammunition casings and in contrast the butterflies and hearts. I would love to see this.

  4. I love how lions (people who give us courage, like you do) come into our lives and remind us to roar at the sky. Perfect photos for one word Sunday: Not Real, But Ethereal. You have the best photos, Sylvia.

  5. “I hope one of the workmen noticed his distinguished leonine face and took him home for pride of place on his bar, instead of tossing him on some dump.” ~> ~> ~> Maybe the board was replaced because a local bar owner crept in under cover of darkness and cut Leo out of the landscape to hang up on his wall.

    I’m glad you have a photo to remember Leo by!

  6. Adding my hopes that your Green Cay lion was preserved lovingly and found a place of honor somewhere… The second lion is pretty amazing. Wish I could see it up closer a bit. Makes me think of a woman here on the coast who does sculptures out of plastic trash… they’re all sea creatures. https://www.washedashore.org/

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