Scan date 11 August 2022 https://pixelatedrealities.org/en/portfolio/lions The sculptural group “Lion and Lioness” was created by the French sculptor-animalist Auguste Caїn in 1854. They are located in the center of the historical city of Odesa at the entrance to the City Garden from Deribasivska Street. These are well-known and beloved mascots. In October 2022, as part of the Museum for Change initiative with the support of UNESCO, the lions and a number of other city sculptures were closed with protective structures. To protect the sculptures from shelling, an engineering structure now comprises of a frame, filling, and casing, which varies from object to object. The lion symbolizes courage and bravery, and the lioness - maternal care. They got to Odesa from the Paris Salon of contemporary art, where it was bought by an unknown Odesan. Other works by Caїn stand in the Tuileries Garden, Paris, Central Park, New York, near Porte des Lions at El de Flor, in Tlemcen, Algeria and in the Luxembourg Garden.