Point Defiance

Point Defiance

At first glance, Point Defiance appears to be a huge rust-colored boulder perched on a silvery mountain peak, but it is, in reality a depiction of a bear.  Artist Beth Nybeck deliberately plays with viewers’ expectations by minimizing the bear-like features.  The work could refer to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington, which houses a zoo among other attractions. In the late 1930s, the zoo experienced two high-profile grizzly bear escapes (explained here:  

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Location: Greenwood

Medium type: Steel

Date created: 2009

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Beth Nybeck
Beth Nybeck


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