Dunbar bear honours naturalist John Muir
November 19 2019
Sculptor Andy Scott has paid tribute to naturalist John Muir with the unveiling of a dramatic 5m tall steel bear in his hometown of Dunbar, East Lothian.
Rising from a wildflower garden the striking piece dominates the Spott Roundabout off the A1 and doubles as a signifier of the wider Hallhill development, which will ultimately deliver 1,200 new homes set amidst 56 acres of woodland.
Built from welded steel plates fabricated to be thicker at the base to provide structural integrity the sculpture will be accessible to visitors via a walkway and floodlit at night for added effect.
Scott said: “It is fantastic to see this sculpture finally being erected as part of the Hallhill development, especially in memory of such an influential character as John Muir, which is particularly apt given today's focus on the environment.
"This bear sculpture will provide an opportunity to enlighten people about the man and his work. It is a symbol of the wilderness John Muir was such a passionate advocate of and is testament to his incredible desire to protect the natural environment."
Muir is remembered as a decisive voice in establishing US National Parks with the bear complementing existing attractions such as John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar and the John Muir Way walking trail.
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