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
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