Bear Spirit Sculpture must be cast in bronze to preserve Native American spiritual life of animals and their connection with humans.
History of the Bear Spirit Casting Project:
For 27 years, people outside of the Natural History Museum, near Seabright Beach, in Santa Cruz, California have taken notice of a nearly 10-foot-high sculpture of a man merged with a bear as they stroll through Tyrrell Park.
The fate of the Bear Spirit is up in the air following a vote by the Santa Cruz City Art Commission to stop paying to repair of the deterioration of the fiber glass resin model, and parts which have been vandalized over the years which I have been repairing several times.
I, Daniel Stolpe, created the sculpture, named Bear Spirit, to illustrate a
Northwest Native American ritual of taking on the spirit of animals in their
environment. It has been perched on a three-foot high platform outside the museum since 1986, and also appears on the Smithsonian’s web collection of public art sculptures.
My original intent was always to have the piece cast in bronze but the original funding was not available and I did not feel an urgency to do so because the bronze powder and resin were fine at the time as a temporary model.
I talked with Sean Monaghan at Bronze Works in Santa Cruz, who estimated a finished casting for $50,000 and be re-installed to its original site.
Only then will the community and visitors of Santa Cruz be able to enjoy Bear Spirit as a permanent display.
It will cost $50,000, so now is the time to support Bear Spirit's
Kickstarter campaign to make this happen!
Here are some of the rewards:
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However, we will have a variety of substitute rewards to honor your pledges!
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Coyote Suite Cards by Daniel Stolpe. A selection of eight cards. 4.5"x5.75" Double folded, with Coyote Stories written on back, includes envelope. Choose one.Estimated delivery:Add $2 USD to ship outside the US
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Coyote Now book by Daniel Stolpe.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Dvd of The Mythic Imagery of Daniel Stolpe. Video by Eric Mathes. Studio interviews by Paul Brindel. Cover Art by Amy Winkler at Process Art House.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Offset photography of Incantation or Three Medicines by Daniel Stolpe. Choose one for $25 or both for a $40 pledge!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Exclusive production art t-shirts by Daniel Stolpe. Choose one between Coyote listening, Coyote pointing the way, Coyote and his woman, Coyote juggling his eyes and Coyote biting the moon. Size L.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Offset photography of Incantation and Three Medicines by Daniel Stolpe.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Book titled "Images and Myths, Coyote Suite I and II by Daniel Stolpe". Foreword by Dennis Banks. 20 color illustrated woodcuts plus text, original woodcut "Coyote's dream" printed on Unryu rice paper, fold out of Shaman's vision. Signed and numbered. Special Edition for the Mythic Imagery Book Edition 200, 20 proofs.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Limited edition of hand pulled serigraph of Timber Wolf by Daniel Stolpe. 26"x20", 4 colors, 1971Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Maquette of Daniel Stolpe's Bear Spirit (in partnership with Fenico Precision Castings, Paramount, CA) and your name on the plaque of real size Bear Spirit once cast! 5x6x9Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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Shamans Vision Colored Woodcut by Daniel Stolpe. 1982 29" x 78", Edition 50 Shipping and insurance estimation: $100Estimated delivery:
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