I remember the wonderful fiberglass bulls in Chicago, in 1999. We had just moved to the suburbs of Chicago and I didn’t know anybody, didn’t know how to get involved. I watched those bulls being carted around town on flatbed trucks and felt SO jealous! It was such a neat project 🙂
Well the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art decided to do a fundraiser so I put in my proposal and was one of the artists accepted for the project!
My bear is inspired by the monarch butterflies. I was actually in the migrating monarchs once. We just happened to be camping on the Mississippi, at Merrick State Park in Wisconsin, and it was their time to fly through. It was really amazing, thousands and thousands of butterflies out on a random trail 🙂 We were immersed.
And of course we didn’t have a camera with us. This was long before cell phones 😉
It was one of those experiences where you lose your sense of self, of identity and boundaries. I was thinking that bears experience the monarchs, the wonder of being among them. They’re both “of nature” in a way that we aren’t. I painted the bear so that his form disappears in the sky, and the butterflies are both near and far.