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FAO Schwartz Bear

Artist:

Robert Shure

Location:

Tufts Medical Center  

Location

Tufts Medical Center
United States
42° 20' 58.6356" N, 71° 3' 47.664" W

Neighborhood:

Chinatown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1991

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

This iconic sculpture by Boston-area artist Robert Shure originally marked the site of the F.A.O. Schwartz toy store on Boylston Street. When the store closed in 2004, the bear was donated to the city, and Mayor Menino asked the city’s children to find a new home for their 12-foot, 3-ton bronze buddy. Some of the most popular proposals included the Franklin Park Zoo, the Children’s Hospital at Longwood, and the Floating Hospital for Children in Chinatown. With over 7,000 entries to the Mayor’s contest, the decision was a difficult one. The Floating Hospital eventually won, thanks to its young patients, who sent in a flood of contest entries.

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