8' x 4' x 3'
fiberglass substrate, opus romano glass, Italian smalti, stained
glass, vitreous glass
Diversity Lion was created as part of a Public Art project to
welcome the Lion King to Appleton, Wisconsin. As a new
resident to the Fox Valley area, I was struck by the number of
times the theme of diversity was raised. So, I created
Diversity Lion to reflect this concept, giving him a rainbow mane
... a symbol used as an historic, religious, cultural and
international, sign of diversity and acceptance.
Diversity Lion began as a fiberglass mold covered with stucco
mesh and epoxy. He was then covered with cement for the
mosaic base. Opus Romano glass was used for lion, smalti for
his face, stained glass and vitrious for the base. Grout was
hand colored to match the glass used for the mane.
Photo: John Luke