My little corner of LA had “Samson the Hot Tub Bear” visiting us for a few years back in the mid-90’s. Even the national news picked up on this bear. Most saw him as an endearing critter and rather than kill him for being a pest he was captured and set off to a zoo to live off his remaining years.
To celebrate the legacy of Samson and the coming 125th Birthday of Monrovia (which some of us affectionately refer to as the Art City) there will be Art Bears. There will be about a dozen of these bears in various styles produced by Monrovia artists. These bears are sponsored by the locals as well. These bears will be placed about Old Town Monrovia after the big birthday celebration parade in May.
This particular bear is being done by local artist Rick Kess who also happens to work for Disney in their visual arts department. This bear so far is just getting some additional decoration on him prior to painting. The next step is to sand him and down and prep for painting over next weekend.
Pics by me and get bigger with a click. More pics of the prep in my flickr set.