Three Grizzlies Find a New Home at SJI Sculpture Park

  • Thu Jul 9th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

By Marita Holdaway

Thanks to Jim and Bonnie Towne the San Juan Island Sculpture Park has three bears. These are not just any old bears but grizzly bears commissioned by the Townes for their lodge in Colorado.

When the Townes moved to San Juan Island, the mom and two cubs came with them. And now, as of June 25, they have a new home at the sculpture park.

The grizzlies are made of bronze and the mama bear stands a whopping 13 feet tall.

Bonnie Towne wanted friendly grizzly bears which was a challenge for the artist, Lorenzo Ghiglieri, since grizzlies are not known for their gentle personality.

“Large Marge” was named by the Townes’ children after a character in the movie “Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Adventure.” She and her two cubs are now residing in the Sculpture Park for everyone to enjoy.

Head on out there to take a look and also to see if anything else has changed since you last visited. The Sculpture Park is a great place to visit to get out of the house, get some fresh air and exercise. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines for your safety and everyone else.