Momma and Cubs Sculpture Monument
This three-ton, black granite composition was created by Eric Richards, the same artist who hand-forged the motorcycle policeman for The Warning sculpture that stands nearby. The artist prepared models of the bears that were cast into resin and sent to China to be carved into black granite. The mother bear is portrayed with humanizing qualities that liken her to the “bear-shaman” in Chumash culture. The Chumash were the Native American peoples who occupied Santa Paula before the Spanish conquest. Bear-shamans were known to wear bear skins and live out among the grizzlies. The two bear cubs are meant to be reminiscent of the artist and his boyhood friend Christopher, playing together under the watchful eye of Christopher’s mother, Phyllis.