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.


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