THE GRIZZLY BEAR HAS RETURNED TO COLORADO

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URSA RAVUS -or- TELLURIDE PENNY BEAR

OUR WINTER AND SPRING PROJECT OF 2019 IS THIS BEAR COMMISSIONED BY JUDY AND STEVEN GLUCKSTERN THAT HAS BEEN PLACED PUBLICLY IN TELLURIDE, COLORADO. AFFECTIONATELY CALLED ‘THE TELLURIDE PENNY BEAR’, URSA RAVUS IS THE FIRST SANCTIONED PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION IN THE RESORT TOWN. URSA RAVUS IS ANOTHER STEP FOR LEADERSHIP AND THE COMMUNITY TO EXPAND THE ARTS IN THIS TOWN THAT IS ONE OF MOST VISITED SKI RESORTS IN THE UNITED STATES.

THE GLUCKSTERN’S ACQUIRED OUR FIRST PENNY BEAR, URSA MAJOR IN 2016 AND BROUGHT IT TO SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO. THEY KINDLY LEANT URSA MAJOR TO THE SMITHSONIAN’S: ‘BURNING MAN - NO SPECTATORS’ EVENT IN WASHINGTON, DC FOR 9 MONTHS IN 2018. URSA RAVUS IS THE RIGHT HANDED SISTER TO URSA MAJOR AND WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT IT HELPS CONTINUE OUR ARTISTIC GROWTH.

URSA RAVUS IS 15 FEET TALL AND IS COVERED IN OVER 187,000 PENNIES. IT’S FRAME IS STEEL TUBING ATTACHED TO STEEL BASE. THE BODY IS HAND CARVED STYROFOAM. THE PENNIES ARE EMBEDDED INTO COLORED CONCRETE. THE PROJECT WAS BUILT WITH THE HELP OF THE WELDERS OF FERGUSON WELDING SERVICE, NOTABLY TANNER REED WHO FORMED RAVUS’S NOSE AND CLAWS. WE HAD VALUABLE ASSISTANCE FROM JANE POYNTER IN THE CARVING AND PENNY LAYING PROCESS AND OUR VETERAN PROJECT VOLUNTEER DOTTIE LESTER-WHITE JOINED US FOR PENNY LAYING.