Resting Grizzly, by William Berry

This beautiful sculpture resides at the Denali Visitor Center in Alaska.  Interestingly, the life size bronze was replicated from the original sculpture, which was only 8 inches in length.  The one you see here is 8 feet long.  It’s one of the most photographed works of art in Alaska.

Bill Berry was a California native who, along with his wife Elizabeth, moved to Alaska in the 1950s.  Berry worked with many media, including oils, pastels, murals and of course sculpture.  He also wrote several books, including William D. Berry: 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches and Deneki, An Alaskan Moose, which he wrote and illustrated.

The enlarged sculpture was created by Alaskan sculptor Skip Wallen, with the support of the Berry family, and was installed at the Visitors Center in 2012.

Denali Slumbering Bear