The Bear Pit Hibernators


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.