Limestone Lion

2234 N Cannon Dr, Chicago 60614
Chicago, IL 60614

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Located Within: Lincoln (Abraham) Park
Artist: Kathleen McCullough
Installed: 1983
Year Relocated: 1999
Features: Outdoor, Sculpture



CitiCorp donated this carved Limestone Lion to the Lincoln Park Zoo in 1983. It honors the memory of prominent Chicago businessman A. Rush Waktins (1904–1978), a civic leader who had a great love of wildlife. Watkins led two expeditions to South Thailand and Tahiti for the Field Museum of Natural History. In 1959, he helped establish the Lincoln Park Zoological Society, later serving as its president.

Kathleen McCullough sculpted the reclining Limestone Lion, which is meant to be climbed upon by children. Although she is a relatively unknown artist, McCullough sculpted another interactive piece known as Cat in Repose. Installed in 1977 and recently restored, this artwork is located in the Portland, Oregon Transit Mall.

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Limestone Lion | Artwork

2234 N Cannon Dr, Chicago 60614
Chicago, IL 60614
United States