Governor's "Grizzly" Sculpture Woos Tourists At State Capitol
Steve Shadley, Capital Public Radio
Governor Schwarzenegger Purchased A Bronze Statue Of A Grizzly Bear During A Recent Trip To Colorado.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Here’s a little known fact about Governor Schwarzenegger: He collects bronze artwork. He has busts of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. But now he owns a sculpture of a grizzly bear!
It’s just like the one seen on the California State Flag.
Schwarzenegger’s Press Aide Aaron McLear says it’s on display in a public hallway near the governor’s office at the capitol…
“He thought that the school children who come to the capitol everyday would enjoy seeing that. It’s a great photo op with the bear. Right in front of the governor’s office with the flags in the background and the governor’s name up there. So, we just thought the kids would get a kick out of it and so far they have been…”
McLear says the governor bought the bear during a recent trip to Aspen, Colorado. He says Schwarzenegger paid for the sculpture with his own money shipped it to Sacramento.
McLear says he’s not sure if the bear will be a permanent fixture at the capitol. The sculpture was designed by artist Steven Bennett.