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Bears in the Wild

Story Series
Bridgewater Magazine

The BSU campus is home to five bear sculptures, four of which were painted by artists from Boston’s Street Theory gallery, with funding from the president’s office.

The most recent addition to the pack was painted by BSU student Kayla DaCosta, ’21. Earlier this year, her bear – painted bright orange, yellow and salmon – was placed just off the courtyard behind the Rondileau Campus Center.

Kayla, who is studying fine arts with a concentration in painting, was selected for the project by Jay Block, associate director of collections and exhibitions. She was excited to add to the collection of painted mascots that began appearing last year across campus. “It’s super rewarding to see my work on such a large scale and to see it on my college campus,” she said.

The other sculptures can be seen in University Park near Crimson Hall, at East Campus Commons, outside Kelly Gym and at the Welcome Center.


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