Lions at Art Institute wear Blackhawks helmets

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:09 p.m. CDT
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(Scott Eisen)
A passerby takes a photograph of an oversized Chicago Blackhawks hockey helmet sitting on one of the lion sculptures outside the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago in celebration of the team's upcoming appearance in the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
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(Scott Eisen)
An oversized Chicago Blackhawks hockey helmet sits on one of the lion sculptures outside the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago in celebration of the team's upcoming appearance in the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

CHICAGO – The lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago are wearing Chicago Blackhawks colors.

The two massive bronze lions started sporting Blackhawks helmets on Wednesday, the day of the first Stanley Cup finals game between the hometown team and the Boston Bruins. The museum says the helmets are "custom-made," which makes sense given that each lion weighs about three tons.

The massive bronze statues standing guard outside the museum's Michigan Avenue entrance have touted local sports teams before. They adorned Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox helmets when those teams made their championship runs.

They also celebrate the Christmas season, when they're each decorated with wreaths.

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