Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art

A painted lion in Pullach, Germany.

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Life Imitates Art.
Our instructions:  This week, find inspiration in a piece of art.  Then, imitate it.

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?  Aristotle insisted it was the former.  Oscar Wilde, the latter.  Me?  I’m willing to leave this long and tedious philosophical discussion (it’s a chicken and egg situation, really) to the big-thinkers of the world.  Because philosophy makes my head hurt.

The lion is arguably the most famous symbol of Bavaria (that, and beer).  I’m told this painted lion was part of the 2006 Münchener Löwenparade (Munich Lion Paragde).  He was one of 500 painted, fiberglass lions scattered throughout the city of Munich, as part of a cultural project for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  This painted leo used to live outside the Marienplatz in downtown Munich, but currently makes his home in Pullach (where my husband’s grandfather lives).

So, is this lion imitating art . . . or is art imitating the lion?  Or, is it just a really cool lion?


I’m going with really cool lion.


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