Lamp Bear By Urs Fischer
Lamp/Bear by Urs Fischer is a 23ft tall monumental outdoor sculpture by notable Swiss artist Urs Fischer, depicting a yellow teddy bear combined with a working table lamp.
The artist created three of the sculptures in 2005/06, two featuring yellow bears and one blue, by creating a 3-D scan of a 12” knitted teddy bear with the help of a Swiss firm which was used to create an internal steel framework and external bronze shell. The sculptures were then fabricated by an industrial foundry in Shanghai.
Two of the sculptures are owned by private collectors; the first was commissioned by collector Adam Lindeman, who owns a number of large-scale sculptures, after being shown a picture of the fibreglass cast Fischer had installed outside the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam. It currently sits on the lawn outside his summer home in Montauk, N.Y.
The second was purchased for an undisclosed sum by hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen, who owns one of the world’s greatest art collections.
The third and final sculpture was installed on display at the foot of the Seagram Building on Park Avenue in New York in April 2011, and offered for sale by Christies in their May Post-War and Contemporary Art sale.
The sculpture was offered for sale by its owners, real estate mogul Aby Rosen and notable Andy Warhol dealer Alberto Mugrabi, and was set to remain on display for 5 months before transferring to its new owner.
Brett Gorvy, International Co-Head, Deputy Chairman for Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art commented:
“For the next five months, Urs Fischer's immense neon yellow sculpture will quite literally light up the New York skyline, as a gift to this city and to visitors to New York. Just as Jeff Koons’ monumental “Puppy” has transformed the landscape of the city of Bilbao in Spain and put it on the cultural map, Fischer’s Untitled Lamp/Bear promises to be an irresistible beacon that will attract art lovers and visitors to New York.”