The Bear Pit Hibernators

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The environmentally friendly installation Hibernators by Shirley Wiebe at the old Polar bear pit in Stanley Park is almost gone. The empty bear enclosure is a great piece of 60s architecture with bold shapes. Looking like it would be a fun set for a horror movie with its abandoned nature.


The bio bears have decomposed so much you can’t tell what they were.


Here is how they looked in March 2009.


Would also be a rad place for a band to shoot a video.


Presented June 1, 1962


The other side of the old zoo’s bear display.


The installation photo of Hibernators. Photo from Vancouver Parks & Rec

There are a bunch of other Environmental Artworks in Stanley Park and you can learn more here.