The Bear Pit

The Bear Pit (HMVL2)

Location: Merriam, KS 66202 Johnson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 0.875', W 94° 41.423'

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Merriam Historic Plaza

The Bear Pit Bronze sculpture by artist Kwan Wu. Dedicated and installed 2006.

This sculpture by artist Kwan Wu represents the City of Merriam's first public sculpture installation. The mother bear and cubs celebrate one of the most popular features of historic Merriam Park.

Artists' [sic] statement:
"The sculpture tells a story with its mother bear and cubs. The city needed an historical representation, rather than a specific bear, and I thought a family of bears would be most appealing. The bears I created for this park are the human kind: they love life. They will bring together the people who come here with their families to relax." Kwan Wu

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The Bear Pit -

Sculptor Kwan Wu is pictured with scale and life-size clay models of the mother bear and cubs.

Did you know?
During the 1880's, the Merriam Park Zoo housed a bear pit that was home to three wandering bears. The bears often escaped and were returned to the park only to flee again. Eventually, only one bear remained.
HM NumberHMVL2
Year Placed2006
Placed ByCity of Merriam
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 11:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 353652 N 4319754
Decimal Degrees39.01458333, -94.69038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.875', W 94° 41.423'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 52.50" N, 94° 41' 25.38" W
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Area Code(s)816, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8901-8927 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Merriam KS 66202, US
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