Teddy bears are ubiquitous symbols in that they evoke the same emotions in everyone. They force smiles and conjure unbidden images of childhood and nostalgic moments. One giant teddy bear has captured the heart of New York with its uniqueness, size and quintessential symbolism.
Slated for sale in May at Christie’s auction house, the sculpture of a giant yellow teddy bear, which weighs 5,000 pounds, is expected to fetch more than $9 million smackeroos.
The bronze Lamp/Bear as it is called, is the creation of New York-based Swiss artist, Urs Fisher, and it stands 23 feet high. Inspired by the artist’s own beloved teddy bear, he sewed together a one-foot tall bear and then used a 3-D laser to scan it and generate the drawings that would create the sculpture. The statue is currently being assembled in the plaza of the Seagram Building on Park Avenue.
The teddy bear, which has button eyes, is depicted slumped under a black bedside lamp and will be on display for five months starting next week. It is expected that this sculpture will be a highlight of the Post-War & Contemporary Sale scheduled for May 11.
In keeping with the concepts of sustainable life styles, the lamp above the bear’s head works and can light up the plaza at night.
The artist created three of these bears back in 2005/06. The other two are privately owned and one collector, Adam Lindemann, has installed his sculpture on a bluff overlooking his property on Long Island in New York.
Elvis Presley once sang of his yearning to be someone’s teddy bear, and no one can help but smile at the thought of these darling, fuzzy, little creatures who have been a part of American popular culture since the turn of the last century when they got their namesake from then president, Theodore Roosevelt.