Photo provided by Judy Gluckstern, co-owner and as she calls guardian of Ursa Major.
From March 29 - December 2018, Ursa Major will be displayed in Washington, DC as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery and Golden Triangle Business District's exhibition called No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. The Renwick Gallery will feature smaller Burning Man art pieces while large art like Ursa Major will be featured on the streets of Washington. Ursa Major will be on the 900 Block of 19th Steet. A short walk from the White House and the Renwick Gallery.
Both Robert and I are over-the-moon pleased that we have been asked to have our art displayed at a Smithsonian exhibition. It's a dream come true. Of course this dream is shared with our art team for the countless hours we have put into our work. Thank you.
A special thank you to Judith and Steven Gluckstern, the owners of Ursa Major who are kindly lending Ursa Major to the exhibition.
This bald eagle is about to strike its prey. It's staring straight into your eyes. The prey is you!. This bird is the greatest of hunters but it is also the much co-opted metaphor for freedom, conservative values, gun ownership, militarism and religious piety. This metaphor is coming after you!
Within these blocks are three bears. Carving has begun.
On March 8, Burning Man Arts awarded Mr and Mrs Ferguson Art an honoraria for the Ursa Mater project. The funds awarded to the project will go toward transporting the sculpture to Black Rock City and out. The funds will also be used for purchasing materials to start the project. We are very grateful to Burning Man Arts for once again supporting our work.
From the sale of Ursa Major, we were able to reinvest the pennies donated to our project and turn them into supporting grizzly bear habitat. Through consultation with a friend who is a Parks Canada ranger, he suggested we contact the Nature Conservancy of Canada, whom he believes does meaningful work. With matching grants from Canadian and US governments our $2,000 donation was matched up to $8,000. Thank you to everyone who donated pennies to the Ursa Major project, your pennies went a long way. Attached is a link to the story which The Nature Conservancy of Canada published about the donation.