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Easthampton Bear Fest 2012

Sara K. Lyons

Little Bear, 2012

Just submitted my proposal for a bear in Easthampton's Bear Fest 2012. Fingers crossed!
The design for this sculpture is intended to be evocative of the children’s book character, Little Bear. Standing out among the vast population of bears found in children’s literature, Little Bear transcends the cute and cuddly with his imagination, curiosity, and wit. He is loyal and loved, wise and caring.
The design attempts to capture the duality of Little Bear: elegant and playful; inviting but also mysterious; childlike yet thoughtful and considerate. The organic forms of the vines and leaves are meant to evoke the original illustrations of Maurice Sendak while the cross-hatched background adds depth to represent the multiple layers of interpretation that the viewer can bring to this bear and Bear Fest more generally.
In this artist’s mind, the posture of Amy Davis’ Large Bear sculpture captured Little Bear in the midst of an adventure and, coupled with this design, the piece invites viewers to join Little Bear on his adventure or take their own personal journey.