A Chinese sculpture on display at a museum.
Photograph of a statue of a man standing near the Flatiron Building in New York City.
If you visit Las Vegas and stay at the MGM Grand Hotel you will NOT see Leo the Lion looking like this. This was how he looked back in the 1990’s when the hotel opened. When I last visited in 2009, this huge architectural creation had been demolished and replaced with a statue sitting on a platform. What isn’t conveyed in this photograph is the size of the lion. Directly in front of me, below the lion’s mouth, are the doors to the hotel. The lion’s head was about 2 to 3 stories tall and 40 to 60 feet wide. I had heard, but do not know if it’s true, is that the sculpture was torn down because Asian visitors to the hotel considered it bad luck to walk into a lion’s mouth. Either way, the replacement statue pales in comparison to this giant beauty.