The Library Lion…


As I photographed this lion outside of the New York Public Library it never dawned on me that there could be a backstory behind it’s creation and existence over the last 100+ years.

This sculpture and it’s twin just to the north side of the entrance to the library have quite a history. They (Patience and Fortitude as they are known) date back to 1911 and they started out as Tennessee pink marble. They were crafted for $13,000 each, have had their names changed on more than one occasion and have appeared in the motion picture The Wiz. The lions are trademarked and have been ordained “mascots” of the NY Public Library on 5th and 42nd street in Manhattan. For a full history of the iconic symbols of New York City please go here, it’s quite interesting.


On another note, I guess this will be my last post for the year. I want to thank all of you who are new subscribers as well as my veteran readers. I hope you enjoyed the content and continue to watch us grow here at Attanasio Imagery.

Thanks again and Happy New Year to you all!

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