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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:
Medium type: Steel
Date created: 2009
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