This famous sculpture by David Wynne OBE (1926 – 2014) was placed in the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at the Pepsi Cola world HQ in Purchase, New York.

Born in the New Forest village of Lyndhurst, Wynne (on the left) served in the Royal Navy during WWII before taking up sculpture professionally in 1950. He did a bronze sculpture of the The Beatles in 1964 and subsequently introduced them to the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who was known for developing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Peter Nottle (right) is pictured here with ‘Grizzly’ at Tor Down Quarry, St Breward in 1976. Peter was a master stonemason and worked on many important roles like this, including carving the stone of the opening on London Bridge which was presented by the Queen.

Wynne was also helped by Mr Leslie Williams.

Both Leslie and Peter carved the bear from a single slab. The bear still stands in the Pepsi gardens today with the initials PN and LW on it.

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Picture courtesy of Julie Coleman

Ref: SBHG 1578


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Repolishing of the Bear

It’s second time around for one of the pictures in this month’s history group contribution, but we still haven’t managed to identify the gentleman on the left of Peter Nottle, in this 1976 photograph.

David Wynne OBE (1926-2014), who was a keen sculptor of all wildlife, was commissioned by the Pepsi Cola Company to create a piece for the Howard M Kendall Sculpture Gardens at their New York HQ.

To aid his studies, David travelled to the Rockies to draw and film grizzlies in the wild before deciding to create the behemoth from Belgian fossil granite. A huge block weighing 26 tons was imported and shipped to Tor Down Quarry in St. Breward where it was carved and polished in situ by David and two local granite masons, one being Peter Nottle. The pose is unusual for a Grizzly Bear and it is said that David modelled the bear as if ‘standing on the edge of the Cliff of Extinction’.

Born in the New Forest village of Lyndhurst, Wynne served in the Royal Navy during WWII before taking up sculpture professionally in 1950. He did a bronze sculpture of The Beatles in 1964 and subsequently introduced them to the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was known for developing the Transcendental Meditation technique. He was awarded the OBE in 1994.

Please contact Brian Hill on (01208) 851565 or email brianvalerie@btintnernet.com if you can help to identify our mystery person.

Jon Arnold