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.

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We’re Big in Qatar

From the Gulf Times newspaper, Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

Preparator Alec MacKaye got a funny e-mail from a friend who, teaching Irish literature at Georgetown University’s Doha campus in Qatar, was quite amused to not only see a photo from home in his local Gulf Times newspaper, but also to find that it featured his friend Alec at work. Icing on the cake that Alec was walking a giant wrapped bear sculpture down the sidewalk. You know, just a normal day for a museum preparator