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Lincolnville, Maine

Lamp/Bear

Maine's bizarre, multimillion-dollar roadside bear sculpture. 

There’s a strange, multimillion-dollar bear sitting under a desk lamp near a dirt road in Maine. Though it may look plush and cuddly (if a bit creepy) from afar, it’s in fact made of painted cast bronze, acrylic glass, and stainless steel.

The 23-foot-tall, 20-ton sculpture is officially named “Untitled (Lamp/Bear)” by its creator, Urs Fischer. The big yellow bear is one of three built by the New York-based Swiss artist between 2005 and 2006. This bear’s blue brother is currently on display at Brown University, while a fellow yellow bear sits at Hamad International Airport in Qatar.

Maine’s roadside bear was once outside a billionaire’s seaside Montauk estate, where it was used to deter a neighbor from building a house in the shape of a windmill on a nearby plot of land. The yellow bear that now lives in the Qatar airport had previously stood outside the Seagram Building in New York City for five months before being sold in 2011 for 6.8 million dollars at Christie’s New York, a renowned auction house. 

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The bear is installed on private property, but you can see it from Narrows Road.

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