Tahoe Public Art has received $40,000 in funding from Placer County to purchase the sculpture “Ursa Mater” and keep the piece on permanent display at Heritage Plaza in Tahoe City. Affectionately known as the Penny Bear, the piece was originally intended as a temporary exhibit to be on display through July until Tahoe Public Art began a fundraising campaign to keep the popular sculpture in Tahoe City. The total cost of the sculpture is $101,000, with Tahoe Public Art raising funds for the remaining amount.
The sculpture was created by Robert and Lisa Ferguson using 200,000 Canadian and U.S. pennies and was originally unveiled at Burning Man. | tahoepublicart.com