A Fond Farewell to Xavier Veilhan’s Red Bear

Sunny skies and relatively warm temperatures Friday helped make for a smooth de-installation of Xavier Veilhan’s The Bear sculpture from the plinth at 21st and Q. The Bear will now begin a long journey back to it’s permanent home in the Northwest. During his time here, the Bear cheerfully welcomed visitors to the Phillips – we are a little sad to say goodbye.

Getting ready to go: Protecting the Bear with soft cloth.

Protecting the Bear with layers of soft cotton cloth.

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Almost ready to go.

Preparing to lift the Bear from its base.

Preparing to lift the Bear from its base.

Keeping the Bear steady as it is lifted.

Keeping the Bear steady as it is lifted.

Just a short drive to secure the sculpture in its crate for travel.

Just a short drive to secure the sculpture in its crate for travel.

Footprints... stay tuned to see what will next welcome visitors to the Phillips on the corner of 21st and Q.

Footprints… stay tuned to see what will next welcome visitors to the Phillips on the corner of 21st and Q.

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