.Giant Bear (Sculpture) Spotted in Kenwood

Renowned Glen Ellen artist Bryan Tedrick recently completed the installation of his latest massive sculpture work, a 28-foot-tall steel bear that stands on the grounds of Kenwood’s St. Anne’s Crossing Winery.

Tedrick specializes in large metal work, and recognizes the compulsion to interact with his large scale pieces, which are created with the intention of allowing viewers to touch and climb, and his artwork has become a regular highlight of the annual Burning Man festival. Tedrick says this is the largest piece he’s ever completed.

St. Anne’s Crossing owner, Ken Wilson was first introduced to Tedrick’s work through the striking Bull structure on the street in Cloverdale, but really fell in love when Tedrick’s Coyote, first debuted at the 2013 Burning Man festival, was installed at the Geyserville Sculpture Trail. Wilson later purchased the Coyote–which now reigns over Dry Creek Valley at the front of Wilson Winery. He also purchased another of Tedrick’s pieces, dubbed “Lord Snort;” a giant wild boar which also debuted at Burning Man and now lives at Soda Rock Winery in Alexander Valley. The new bear sculpture actually incorporates recycled steel from the Soda Rock Winery Tasting Room which burned down in the 2019 Kincade Fire.

St. Anne’s will be hosting an event to officially welcome the 15-ton steel sculpture this Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1pm. Wilson and Tedrick will be in attendance at Saturday’s event. Reservations are encouraged to allow St. Anne’s staff to maintain capacity limitations. Wilsonartisanwines.com.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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