Sanctuary

Sanctuary, a project composed of three life-size hand-cast resin mountain lions, is illuminated via an artist-designed solar power system.

Commissioned by the Norfolk Botanical Garden in 1997, the installation responds to the plight of mountain lions, an important American native predator species listed as either threatened or endangered throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Large predators have a profound impact on the ecosystems of their habitats; the loss of mountain lions, grizzly bears, and wolves has significantly altered the balance of our natural environment creating an over-abundance of deer and other ungulates. In turn, these animals, lacking a natural braking system on their populations, tend to over-browse habitats and threaten or destroy native plants.