Bill Reid‘s new sculpture “Beeware of Bears Bearing Ice Cream” is quintessential of Reid’s work. Bill Reid‘s tongue in cheek word play is part of the artist’s rich and personal mythology with animals in the starring roles. This fanciful green bear wears a cape shaped like a butterfly but in the colors of a bee. Perched on high healed humming bird shoes, the smiling bear offers some unusual flavors of ice cream cones, including zebra, bluebird, and fox! This beautifully crafted and marvelously painted metal sculpture is 42 inches high and 21 inches wide. Not too big, not too small, but just right!
Bill Reid‘s masterful craftsmanship also allows for his anthropomorphic sculptures to move. An extreme example, shown below, is the orange RAM Ray. Each year, Reid shows his “cars” in Racine’s Fourth of July parade. You can’t see it in the photo, but he is proudly wearing his Racine Art Museum t-shirt under all that orange. If you have not yet been to the RAM it is certainly worth a visit!
We are hoping Bill will be bringing the Bee Bomb for our “Summer in Wisconsin” Artist Reception on Gallery Night, Friday, July 29th! It runs and is certified to drive on the highway!