WEST PALM BEACH, FLA, December 30, 2019 - The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society unveiled a sculpture by artist Dr. Steven H. Rose. The abstracts of two running bears are on display near the Zoo’s black bear habitat. It was donated as part of the Dr. Steven H. Rose trust by Dale Coudert, the late artist’s wife and generous Zoo supporter. It enhances the Zoo’s shaded art-lined pathways.
The bronze sculptures, set on black mountings, depicts two bears stretched out in full run. It has been installed next to The Bear Den, a habitat featuring the Zoo’s two American black bears, Lewis and Clark.
“Art is often inspired by nature. As a cultural center serving Palm Beach County and beyond for more than fifty years, the Zoo is an ideal place to exhibit art. We are fortunate to have Dr. Rose’s statue in our expanding collection,” said Margo McKnight, Palm Beach Zoo president and CEO.
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society embraces art and features a half dozen sculptures on its grounds. These mostly bronze works have become favorites for Zoo visitors who often take photos with the monkey, tiger and tortoise statues along the west side of the Zoo.
The bear sculpture is significant to the Zoo, as Dr. Rose was a longtime resident of Palm Beach. He took up sculpting after retiring from his dental practice on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Dr. Rose’s abstracts quickly earned praise from collectors and critics. Several shows and galleries have featured Dr. Rose’s work. He also designed the PGA’s Distinguished Service Award.
Ms. Coudert is the founder of the Coudert Institute and a long-time advocate for the disadvantaged. She also serves on Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s Board of Directors.
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