Thursday, 9 October 2008

Bear

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BEAR by E.B.Cox

This sculpture is a few steps away from Bill Lishman's GOAT... see previous post.
I can't find much about the sculptor, Elford Bradley Cox, other than he was a respected Canadian artist born in Botha, Alberta, in 1914 and died in 2003 at the age of 89. Many of his sculptures were carved out of blocks of solid limestone, like this one.
BEAR is part of the Sculpture Walk installed near the Art Gallery in the early eighties.

14 comments:

Peggy said...

I really like that one. I'd love to have it in my garden.

Leena said...

It took a while, before I got it!
And it`s just wonderful, soft a little clumsy adorable figure, just like a sitting bear is.

Have a pleasant weekend, Shammy!

Suldog said...

Yeah, I was about to make a snide comment about no talent sculptors, but then it clicked; I saw it.

I always wonder about pieces like this, though. Did the sculptor plan it completely, or just reach a point where he said, "Hey! That kinda looks like a bear!"

dabrah said...

It took a few moments and a bucketful of imagination, but I saw the bear in the rock. It is sort of cuddly.

Shammickite said...

I think this isn't so much a bear... but more the idea of a bear.

sheoflittlebrain said...

What fun it is to visit here! Love the stylized bear and the goat..
I think it must have been 60 minutes that featured a man leading geese with an ultralight. That must have been Bill Lipman! I taped it and still have it around somewhere..also love Fly Away Home, of course.
Have you watched the documentary Winged Migration? It's wonderful, filled with amazing migratory birds and beautiul scenery.

photowannabe said...

I like that interpetation Shammie...an idea of a bear....Not exactly my style but could be an interesting climbing piece in a garden.

Craver Vii said...

Aww, dang! I thought you said "beer."

Angie Ledbetter said...

I had to take my readers off and squint to see the bear. ;)

Joanne said...

I guess he's communicating "bear" through form. I recently read that sculptors will make many sketches of a subject for "form" before they begin.

Kerri said...

Oh I like this guy!

Ming the Merciless said...

They look more like a deformed butt cheeks than a "bear". :-)

Maybe the artist was being figurative about his description.

Beverly said...

I love the bear! Have a great time in Florida.

Ginnie said...

I think it's a Bear/Bare Woman! :)