When it comes to art, there is a lot of it in Greeley. the City owns nearly 450 pieces of public art and there hundreds more privately owned works of art that adorn our city. One of the latest additions is a 12-foot tall bear, carved from a tree stump with a chainsaw, at the corner of 18th St and 6th Ave (across the street from Jackson Field).
The piece was commissioned by University Flats at Greeley honor the old growth trees in the area. There were six old growth trees on the property, which were full grown back in 1932 when ground broke on the villas on the property. University Flats was notified last August that the aging and ailing trees had to be removed for safety reasons. Since the trees couldn’t be saved, they had the idea to make a carving out of one of the stumps to honor the trees and their history on the property.
They commissioned local artist Bryan Redmoon, of Redmoon Fine Arts, to perform a chainsaw carving.
Now, a 12-foot-tall bear stares off to the west, cheering on the UNC Bears at Jackson field and honoring the old trees it was carved from.