The Santa Clarita City Council hosted a dedication ceremony on Friday morning to celebrate a public art addition to one of the city’s busiest trails.
The Santa Clarita Cycling Bear, by local artist Frank Rock, was installed earlier this month along the Chuck Pontius Commuter-Rail Trail adjacent to Valencia Boulevard (near the AMPM station on 23106 Valencia Boulevard).
Mayor Laurene Weste emceed the event which was also attended by Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean, art commissioners, the Santa Clarita Valley Bicycle Coalition and other dignitaries.
Leesa Danzig from State Assemblyman Dante Acosta’s office and Gary Lopez from Representative Steve Knight’s office were present at the event and presented certificates.
The Santa Clarita Cycling Bear’s theme was inspired by the Amgen Tour of California, a prestigious cycling event which the city has hosted a record 13 times.
The public art piece is part of the California Bear Project, a project developed in August 2004 by the city of Santa Clarita to install life-size grizzly bear sculptures throughout the community.
Each bear replica measures more than 10 feet in length and is more than five feet tall, and represents different Santa Clarita themes.
“Artwork like this, by artist Frank Rock, not only enriches the community with its beauty – it also ignites the imagination of those who see it and encourages thought, different perspectives and discussion,” Weste said.
The Santa Clarita Cycling Bear is the sixth bear sculpture to be displayed in the community. Other bear sculptures are on display throughout the city, at the Santa Clarita Transit Center, Valencia Heritage Park, The Patios at Valencia Town Center, Old Town Newhall Library and Golden Valley High School.
For more information on the event or the Santa Clarita Cycling Bear, visit SantaClaritaArts.com or contact Katherine Cooksey at 661-250-3777 or at KCooksey@santa-clarita.com.