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THE GREAT BEAR MASCOT BEAR OR ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL

                The Roosevelt Bear was donated by the class of 1941 and stands five feet, three inches high. Its weight is approximately 300 pounds, the statue is hollow and made of Plaster of Paris about one inch thick. Approximately one ton of clay was used in the whole process involving the waste mold and other preliminary steps. The bear sculpture was modeled from a live bear at the Cincinnati Zoo, from the attack stance. Originally painted with bronze but much later repainted in traditional brown paint. The life size bear presents a awe inspiring sight as approached. Roosevelt’s Mascot bear is kept secured in an enclosed wooden cabinet with a lockable glass door. (The Copper Name Plate on the base is inscribed; Class of 1941)

Sculptor; Robert Koepnick of The Dayton Art Institute

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Media: Oil on canvas

Mounted: 5/8 inch thick plywood

Size: 5 foot by 8 foot

Frame: Wood finished Mahogany 

Date: 1923

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