Lioness with Cubs
The artist describes this piece as being one that “chose him” – he created it from his observations of lions in the wild from his time working in Africa. He states;
“These creatures are not so different from ourselves, we share a lot in common. Just like us, mother animals love their babies and the babies love their mothers.”
This piece has an incredible amount of detail informed by how well the artist knows his subjects. Notice how each cub has a different personality. Notice, too, that although this is a bronze sculpture, the patina is designed to give a realistic impression of animals whose coloring is designed to blend with the African grassland where they live.
By Tom Tischler
Tom Tischler had an obsession with wildlife as a child and later as an adult he gained useful knowledge of taxonomy and anatomy in Switzerland at the Zoological Museum of Zurich, Swiss Foundation of Alpine Research and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Switzerland.
He then spent 4 years working in Africa for the Ethiopian Conservation Organization helping to establish their national parks and reserves. Inspired by his time in Ethiopia, Tom Tischler began his first sculpture.
Tischler currently resides in Perth, Western Australia where he works in his studio and travels extensively. He only completes a few originals each year, as bronze is a time-consuming process, however a limited number of castings are made of his work, using the Lost Wax process. His ability to portray each species in a natural and lifelike manner is a characteristic feature of his works. Each sculpture is influenced by his time spent working alongside, sketching, and photographing animals.View all sculptures by this artist.
Did You Know?
- The females in a lion pride (or group) tend to do the majority of the hunting. They work as a group and use intelligent hunting tactics to catch prey.
- Lionesses are caring mothers who will even take care of a neglected cub.
- Two or more lionesses in a group tend to give birth around the same time and the cubs will be raised together.
- Lion cubs are extremely playful and like humans, they use play to develop strength and coordination, while practicing their gross motor skills.
At The Zoo
Cameron Park Zoo has an active breeding program for lions, which is part of Worldwide conservation efforts. Look out for the enrichment items in the lion enclosure. The zoo goes to great lengths to make sure that its animals are relaxed, happy and never bored. Content animals are healthy animals.