In 2004 I was commissioned by students at the School of Mines to recreate these bronze lion heads. The original bronzes and plaque were stolen off the granite National Human Alliance fountain that was once stood in the middle of the intersection of main and 7th in downtown Rapid City, SD. If you are interested in ordering one or more of these of these castings to restore your fountain contact, John Lopez Studio ~ email@example.com
The excerpt below is from an article in the Rapid City Journal http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/tech-project-restoring-fountain-to-downtown/article_9270944c-336a-52d8-89d9-d3d0a9fee0ed.html
The fountain is the legacy of Hermon Lee Ensign. Before his death in 1899, Ensign made his fortune in publishing and advertising. He was also founder of the Humane Alliance, a group dedicated to improving the lives of horses and other beasts of burden.
A couple years after installing the two lion heads on the fountain in Rapid City I was asked to recreate two more slightly larger lion heads for a flat fountain in Derby, Connecticut.
Here is the fountain in Derby after they installed the bronzes I sculpted for them.
Here is another very interesting link to the history of these fountains.