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First Sheep, Now a Lion: Has Rochester Gone to the Zoo?

The newest animal-themed public art in town is part of the Children Charities Coalition's 'LionTown' project.

First Sheep, Now a Lion: Has Rochester Gone to the Zoo? First Sheep, Now a Lion: Has Rochester Gone to the Zoo?

Rochester is a sheep town. That's been evident this summer by the flock of fiberglass sheep decorating the city as part of the

But Detroit as a metro area — well, Detroit is a Lions town. And that's how the two animals are learning to co-exist in Rochester these days.  

A 4-foot tall sculpture of a lion is on display near the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads as part of the new LionTown project from the Children Charities Coalition.

The lions can be found across metro Detroit; Rochester Hills has just one, but nearby Birmingham has 30. (A map of where you can find all of the lions can be found at  www.liontown2012.com.)

All proceeds from the lions — which have been purchased by businesses and community groups — go toward the various charities supported by the coalition, including CARE House of Oakland County and Variety, The Children's Charity.

Rochester's lion is sponsored by Great Expression Dental Centers, which is working on a new location at the center on the southeast corner of the Rochester-Tienken intersection. The address is 1482 N. Rochester Road.

Called Dandy Lion, it was designed by Colleen Kelly Sanders. It will be on display through Oct. 15, and then auctioned off at Ford Field on Oct. 16.

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