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Green Lion Eats the Sun
  • Alexis Gideon
    born 1980
    born: New York, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • Green Lion Eats the Sun, 2015
  • Where object was made: United States
  • digital image, inkjet print on metallic paper
  • Object Height/Width: 50.8 x 76.4 cm
    Object Height/Width: 20 x 30 1/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 30 x 36 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0034
Description

A green lion rears up on his hind legs and eats the sun. The lion is facing to the right. There are three gold stars on his back leg. His two front paws are holding the sun. The sun has a human faces and looks mildly surprised. It is bleeding profusely and the blood is flowing down the lions face, neck, and shoulders. It is covering two stars in the lion’s mane. The lion looks like it is made from clay or plastic, or like it is a child’s toy. The sun looks to be made from similar materials. The blood appears to be red paint. The lion and sun are superimposed onto a cloudy blue sky background.