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This bronze sculpture by Paul Manship (1885-1966) depicts a group of three bears on a circular stepped pedestal. Located at the Paul Hoffman Friedman Playground at Fifth Avenue and 79th Street, the piece was a gift fro Samuel N. Friedman in memory of his wife, Pat. The piece was cast in 1960 and unveiled on October 11, 1990 at the playground's dedication.
Smaller versions of the piece are featured on part of the William Church Osborn Gates (1952) and the elaborate Paul J. Rainey Memorial Gates (1933) found at the Bronx Zoo, and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manship's most famous work is the gilded Prometheus (1934), located at the west end of the lower plaza of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center.
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Description of Subject Matter: Group of Bears
Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck-Heckscher East Playground's central focus is the Group of Bears statue situated in the center of the playground. This work is by renowned American artist Paul Manship. It is also commonly referred to as "Three Bears." The sculpture sits on a stepped platform, surrounded by a large circular seating area at the entrance to the playground.
Manship's other works in Central Park include the Osborn Gates at Ancient Playground and the Lehman Gates at the Children's Zoo.
The above was from http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attractions/group-of-bears.html
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2011 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs camera as well as two Nikon models -- the D90 and the new D7000. Mostly a toy, I also purchased a Fuji Real 3-D W3 camera, to try out 3-D photographs. I found it interesting although I don't see any real use for 3-D stills now. Given that many of the photos from the 1860s were in 3-D (including some of the more famous Civil War shots), it's odd to see it coming back.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences (Savannah, GA, Chattanooga, TN),
New Jersey over Memorial Day for my birthday (people never seem to visit New Jersey -- it's always just a pit stop on the way to New York. I thought I might as well spend a few days there. Despite some nice places, it still ended up a pit stop for me -- New York City was infinitely more interesting),
my 6th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco).
Ego strokes: Author photos that I took were used on two book jackets this year: Jason Emerson's book "The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow As Revealed by Her Own Letters" and Dennis L. Noble's "The U.S. Coast Guard's War on Human Smuggling." I also had a photo of Jason Stelter published in the Washington Examiner and a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 390,000.