Want to get to know Ursa?
She was created by sculptor Jamie Gillman in 2013, stands at 12ft, loves cider, and loves her role as guardian of The Bearpit, and of Bristol!
She is the product of an Arts Council grant and the imagination of The Bearpit Improvement Group (BIG). This volunteer led community group spent 10 years attempting to make The Bearpit, safe, inclusive and welcoming through art and activity. However, after struggles with the council BIG were disbanded in 2017. The Cube has already been removed and the council have ordered many of the structures - including the community performance theatre - to go alongside Ursa. Join us in saying NO to these wasteful and top-down decisions.
Ursa Bear brings smiles to our faces, she represents creativity, alternative thinking and freedom of expression. She represents community and what public space SHOULD be. Our freedoms in public space are being rapidly reduced without consultation. Take a stand, and sign today. Let us create debate about OUR rights to OUR space - AND LET’S SAVE OUR BEAR!
Watch Ursa’s creation here:
?If you’re interested in reduced freedoms in public space, The Guardian have run a series on the subject:
Started by: caitlin telfer
On reaching 3500 signatures a full council debate will be held.
This ePetition ran from 24/10/2018 to 13/01/2019 and has now finished.
4154 people signed this ePetition.