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PRESS RELEASE 09/30/2013
Subject :

Four Bears Move to New Home in Hoover Park
Contact : Elise DeMarzo, Manager of Public Art Programs    650-617-3517
Palo Alto, CA - A family of sculptural bears by artist Beth Nybeck will be formally unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hoover Park on October 3, 2013, at 4 p.m. This installation is the culmination of more than a year of community input, review of artists' proposals as well as the design, production and installation of the four sculptures.

"I hope that my creation will become a vehicle for imagination, storytelling and play," Nybeck shares. The three small cubs (pictured) will be placed at the entrance to the woods from Cowper Street and the Mama Bear will be keeping a watchful eye from further within the woods. 

The Public Art Commission, in partnership with the Midtown Residents Association (MRA), spent more than a year gathering input on a range of ideas for artwork at Hoover Park at the Midtown Residents meetings and resident socials[GB1] . Last fall, a call-for-artists went out, attracting approximately 20 artists who submitted their qualifications for the project. Five artists created site specific proposals for the site, and the selection panel chose Beth Nybeck’s mother bear and three playful cubs for Hoover Park. The selection committee comprised representatives from the Midtown Residents Association, Palo Alto Neighborhoods, the Public Art Commission, Keys School, the Parks & Recreation Commission, and a neighborhood resident artist.

“Each site demands a new mission and set of criteria appropriate to that audience,” said Elise DeMarzo, Manager of the Palo Alto Pubic Art Program. “I am thankful that we had such an insightful selection panel who quickly realized that Beth Nybeck’s vision aligned beautifully with the desires of the neighborhood.”

“We are happy these adorable and touchable bears with distinct personalities have found a home in Hoover Park,” said Annette Glanckopf, MRA Vice Chair. “Thanks to the Palo Alto Art Commission, these bears will bring smiles to those who pass them; a happy seat for kids to sit on; and a wonderful surprise to those who discover them.”

For more information about artist Beth Nybeck, visit For further information about the project, please contact Elise DeMarzo, Manager of the Public Art Program, at, or call 650-617-3517.