If I were to do Faces on Places over again, or a second volume, I would include a chapter on lions. Man, but there are a lot of lions in Toronto! Here is one of my favourites. If it were a human face tangled up in this foliage, it would be called a “green man.” I don’t know if there is a category of architectural sculpture known as the “green lion,” but there ought to be, based on this example alone.
Lions may be so ubiquitous in architectural sculpture because of their frequent use in heraldry, and because they stand for virtually everything. About which, more later… but sooner, if you know what I mean.