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How many cities have one of Pauta Saila’s dancing bears?

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I lived in Windsor for a long time before coming to Ottawa, and one of my favorite things about Windsor is the Odette Sculpture Park that runs forever along the Detroit River. Actually, most of the sculptures are horrid – it’s the park itself that I like.

Windsor's "Dancing Bear" | Source: http://www.citywindsor.ca/000356.asp?artist=saila

In any case, where the park starts (near the University of Windsor campus) there is a sculpture by Pauta Saila called “Dancing Bear“.  I remember it clearly because I had girlfriend that really liked it.

Fine. Fast forward a whole whack of years and here I am in Ottawa.

Last week, I had the pleasure of walking around the Market on one of the only days that the weather was actually agreeable. And what did I stumble across?

Another “Dancing Bear“!!

And not just any dancing bear, but one apparently created by Pauta Saila!

How many of these bears are there? And do both cities know about the doppelganger bears?

Honestly, I prefer my art to be of the one-of-a-kind variety.  I don’t think it is fair to make copies of a piece that everyone likes, and then shop it around.