Date: 2017 Type: Sculpture Material: Fiberglass Collection: City of Santa Clarita, Art in Public Places Placement: Old Town Newhall Library
Description: One of several art bears that grace sites around Santa Clarita, The Santa Clarita History Bear is a life-sized representation of a California Grizzly Bear. Painted by artist and long-time resident Frank Rock, the bear depicts many scenes from Santa Clarita history.
“I wanted to convey a sense of our local history. I wanted to cover all cultural and tangible aspects of Santa Clarita from the oil and film industry to indigenous animals and flora. Plus, I included my favorite point of interest, the St. Francis Dam.” - Frank Rock
The bear chosen for the blank model was the Monarch grizzly, the largest bear ever to be killed in California. It is the bear that appears on the California State flag. Weighing 2,350 pounds and said to have killed and eaten seven grown men, the Monarch grizzly was shot right here in Santa Clarita in 1877. Each life-sized replica is more than 10 feet in length and more than 5 feet tall. This installation was commissioned by The Canyon Theatre Guild.