The NYPL Lions

“Patience” and “Fortitude” are the two lions “guarding” the main branch of the New York Public Library (5th Ave. and 42nd St.). They are by all measure, majestic.

They also make a good counterpoint to our investigation of Guelph’s icons.

According to a recent article (“Birthing the New York Public Library Lions” by Jake Rossen), these New York favourites weren’t so popular at first …. and they weren’t even called Patience and Fortitude! The meaning and identities of the lions grew over time. They “become” something else as the city needed them. Statues are never just statues.

A final curiosity, like the #StationaryCrew, both lions are on Twitter (@PatienceNYPL and @FortitudeNYPL). Unlike the Crew, both these accounts have “protected tweets” – you need their permission to follow them.

The Begging Bear had an observation when I noted this:

…Mike

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