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On the Road: Polar bear monument comes to downtown Tulsa

Posted at 9:18 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 22:39:06-05

TULSA — A new wildlife sculpture was installed just in time for cold winter days here in Green Country.

For the 29th time, Nature Works has added a beautiful bronze monument to Tulsa's landscape.

Many have been placed along Riverside, and the grizzly out front of Gilcrease Museum was the first.

Nature Works pays for everything through private donations.

"We put the base in we do all of the infrastructures you see so I think it's a really nice addition to downtown Tulsa," Nature Works President Steve Berklacy said.

Nature Works is commissioning the North American large mammals first, with a few fish and birds thrown in occasionally.

The new polar bear monument next to the courthouse is dedicated to a judge who supports wildlife preservation.

"The artist is our good friend, Paul Rhymer," Berklacy said. "This is the third monument in Tulsa that Paul has done."

The Alaska polar bear really stands out on the courthouse plaza, especially to those who know the struggle the declining polar bears are facing.

"I love it!," Tulsan Norris Streetman said. "You know, I'm a big polar bear fan. I just can't believe it. It's breathtaking. It's so real. You know that's what Tulsa is about all this art - all this creativity that's happening."

Nature Works has more wildlife monuments planned for next year.

Here's a hint - it will be placed near the water.
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