Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Canadiana Begging Bear Returns

He's a well known and much loved figure in Guelph.

The Canadiana Begging Bear is a bronze statue at the Donald Forster Sculpture Park on Gordon Street, one block from the university.

He is often dressed up. Mysteriously. It has become a Guelph tradition to dress him up by stealth and Guelphites love to see what he is wearing. Once I saw him wearing a tuxedo with a can of beer in his outstretched paw.

Last Spring he was vandalized, knocked over and damaged. It cost $11,300 to repair him, and he was gone for Gordon Street for many months. He was missed.

Last Saturday he was returned to the park. I'm looking forward to see what he is wearing next.

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