"Lion Pride" by Darrell Davis and the National Sculptors' Guild is installed at the roundabout as you enter the Little Rock Zoo. NSG Director John Kinkade made multiple trips to Little Rock to pick out the natural stone that is strategically placed to create the levels needed to match the artist's initial composition. The cast aluminum really sets off against the warm colors in the stone. And the strong glance of the lions is intense. We love how it turned out and hope you can make a trip to see in person. #PublicArt NSG-505
Update 11/1/18: Yes, that’s a lioness in the gallery!
We have National Sculptors' Guild Fellow Darrell Davis’ monumental sculpture here temporarily as we wait for the site and the other two pieces to be cast. We didn’t have a stone to anchor her on in the NSG sculpture garden, so, here she is visiting Columbine Gallery
Part of our public art projects, Davis’ “Lion Pride” will be installed in the roundabout as you enter the Little Rock Zoo soon. We love this first lion. She’s a big beauty!
Update 10/5/18: The first lioness is in metal... she's looking great!
Update 1/15/18: Progress image of the enlargement of Darrell Davis' life-size Lion Pride
This is sculpture is part of the Zoo's master plan. The City of Little Rock Board of Directors along with the Zoo Board of Governors approved in 2014 the following master plan for the growth and development of the Little Rock Zoo. This exciting plan outlines renovations and updates to several Zoo facilities and provides thematic concepts for how we meet our mission of providing engaging experiences that inspire people to value and conserve our natural world. Most recently, the zoo opened the new Arkansas Heritage Farm based on this plan and is in the process of planning for its next major development.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs. click here for a list of our over 500 large-scale placements.