POLAR BEARS

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Holland America Cruise Line –
 MS Zuiderdam

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This sculpture had a checkered history – we made the rubber and plaster mold on 9/11 while watching the twin towers fall. It was, to say the least, memorable. Then at installation time, I received a call from the shipyard that the magradome sliding ceiling was about to decapitate the polar bear sculpture! In other words it was too high for the height of the pool deck sliding ceiling.  When it came time for the patina, and needed to rely on the foundry to follow my instructions, however, we did not see eye to eye, and the patina was too white and light. At installation time, I was once unable to be present. When the sculpture arrived in Trieste, Italy, I received a call from Fincantieri shipyard that the magradome sliding ceiling was about to decapitate the polar bear sculpture. In other words the bear was  too high height of the ceiling. I immediately dispatched my colleague who had fabricated the resin iceberg base to reduce the hight. At the inauguration, I brought along my boyfriend of the time only to find him paralytically drunk on the evening of the event. No one wa happy with the color – but one enthusiastic passenger who loved the ship, paid me the complement that it was the loveliest item on board because it reminded her of the wilds of Alaska in winter – I was much relieved.