The new family who moved in at Hoover Park in Palo Alto this week may give some residents pause (or paws) -- a family of four bears are making the park their home. Fortunately for residents, they don't have any known affinities for porridge or pic-a-nic baskets.
They're bear sculptures, designed by Missouri-based artist Beth Nybeck. The bears are the product of a year-plus-long process during which the city's Public Art Commission collaborated with the Midtown Residents Association and local residents to find a piece of art suitable for the park and neighborhood.
A selection panel decided that Nybeck's mother bear and three cubs, placed at the park entrance on Cowper Street, were the perfect new tenants.
"We are happy these adorable and touchable bears with distinct personalities have found a home in Hoover Park," Annette Glanckopf, vice chair of the Midtown Residents Association, stated in a press release.
"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."