AT THE ZOO: A leonine gateway. Brian Chilson
Brian Chilson
AT THE ZOO: A leonine gateway.

Workmen are finishing the installation of lion sculptures atop tons of stone in the middle of the roundabout on Fair Park Boulevard at the turn to the entrance of the Little Rock Zoo.

A formal dedication is set Wednesday.

The installation, which has disrupted traffic at the intersection for weeks, is the brainchild of City Director Dean Kumpuris, who’s led a drive to install sculpture around the city. This latest project will serve as a gateway to the zoo, he says. The sculpture and other materials were donated to the city.

UPDATE: “Lion Pride” is the work of Darrell Davis, a member of the National Sculpture Guild out of Loveland, Colo. The nonprofit Sculpture at the River Market, headed up by Kumpuris and Jane Rogers, contributed $50,000 toward the $150,000 purchase price of “Lion Pride”; the Arkansas Zoological Foundation, which supports the zoo, contributed $75,000 and the city contributed $25,000. Hiland Dairy made a gift of $20,000 to the Foundation for the purchase.

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The sculptures will be lit at night.