TAHOE CITY (CBS13) – A giant sculpture of a mama bear and her two cubs, made entirely out of pennies, will stay in Tahoe City permanently.
Ursa Mater, aka Penny Bear, was originally intended to be a temporary display that would have left July 31, 2019. This week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay 40 thousand dollars to purchase the sculpture. Tahoe Public Art will pay an additional 61 thousand dollars.READ MORE: Boy, 8, Hailed A Hero After Discovering Baby Sister Unresponsive In Pool
Penny Bear shows a 12-foot tall mother grizzly bear nestling her two cubs, measuring six and five feet respectively. The bears’ coats were made using 200 thousand American and Canadian pennies.READ MORE: Man Apologizes After Video Shows Street Vendor Attacked
The artists premiered Ursa Mater/Penny Bear at the 2017 Burning Man. The year before they debuted Ursa Major, which is part of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.MORE NEWS: Folsom Shuts Sutter Street Down To Open Businesses
Before coming to Heritage Park in Tahoe City Ursa Mater was exhibited in San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs.