Figure 1. Arena monument. Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, PA. Photo: author.

Stephen C. Arena
November 18, 1928
August 12, 1991

A salvaged, keystone-shaped block with the visage of a terrible lion is framed by a Roman-inspired, etiolated temple façade with stylized columns and pediment. The designer achieved a pleasing contrast between the modern architectural frame and the olde-style lion (late 19th century?).

And of course the whole thing is a double-entendre for the concept ‘lions in the (Roman) arena.’

Well played, Mr. Arena, well played.

The splash image is from Wikimedia Commons, photo credit to Thomas Quine, CC-BY-2.0

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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