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First Sheep, Now a Lion: Has Rochester Gone to the Zoo?

The newest animal-themed public art in town is part of the Children Charities Coalition's 'LionTown' project.

Rochester is a sheep town. That's been evident this summer by the flock of fiberglass sheep decorating the city as part of the

But Detroit as a metro area — well, Detroit is a Lions town. And that's how the two animals are learning to co-exist in Rochester these days.  

A 4-foot tall sculpture of a lion is on display near the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads as part of the new LionTown project from the Children Charities Coalition.

The lions can be found across metro Detroit; Rochester Hills has just one, but nearby Birmingham has 30. (A map of where you can find all of the lions can be found at www.liontown2012.com.)

All proceeds from the lions — which have been purchased by businesses and community groups — go toward the various charities supported by the coalition, including CARE House of Oakland County and Variety, The Children's Charity.

Rochester's lion is sponsored by Great Expression Dental Centers, which is working on a new location at the center on the southeast corner of the Rochester-Tienken intersection. The address is 1482 N. Rochester Road.

Called Dandy Lion, it was designed by Colleen Kelly Sanders. It will be on display through Oct. 15, and then auctioned off at Ford Field on Oct. 16.

Christopher August 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The Shark is Officially Jumped! 20 years ago when some other city did this it was cool, it's no longer original or interesting and it needs to end.
Kristin Bull August 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Interesting thought, @Christopher. About 15 years ago I lived in Kansas City for the very fun "Cow Parade." It followed on the heels of a similar event in Chicago, and it was great fun at the time to drive around town with a map and see the works of cow art (really --- who doesn't want their photo taken with a cow dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West?) That was long before I had children. Now, almost a generation later, it's fun for my kids to do the same thing with the sheep in Rochester - different city, but same idea. So one could argue that what's "been there, done that" for some may be totally new for others. But I'm curious to hear others' opinions on Christopher's thought.
MJ August 28, 2012 at 03:01 PM
My kids weren't around 20 years ago. It's fresh and fun to them. And it's for a good cause so what's the harm?
Christopher August 29, 2012 at 02:55 PM
So the measure of good is if your kids haven't seen it. Great, let's set the bar for Rochester really high. "Come to Rochester, we're as creative and original as Kansas was 15 years Ago!" "Come to Rochester, MJ's kids haven't met you either!"

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