The Polar Bear sculpture at the Glebe Shopping Centre is looking much better following its cleaning a few weeks ago and its surface has now been waxed to help preserve its condition. The sculpture was originally made in 1964 and, after 58 years, it needed some renovation.
We hope that it will continue to amuse children of all ages for the future.
(left to right) Cllr. Robin Parker C.C., Cllr. Graham Snell, Oonagh Sherlock and Paul Batterbee (SBC Community Development), Cllr. Julie Ashley-Wren, Cllr. Stephen Booth.
The councillors for Chells Ward and Manor Ward thank the staff from SBC Community Development and Stevenage Museum for organising and carrying out both the cleaning and the waxing. The work was funded from the SBC Community Development Team's budget, with the agreement of the councillors for Chells Ward and Manor Ward.
(left to right): Paul Batterbee (SBC Community Development), Oonagh Sherlock (SBC Community Development), Dawn (Stevenage Museum)
The Polar Bear is a sculpture created in Portland stone by Mark Harvey, a local artist who lived in Aston and and had a workshop there. The Polar Bear was placed in the Glebe Shopping Centre in 1964 not long after the centre opened. Mark created several other sculptures that were also placed around the town but sadly, these have not survived to the present day because they were made of wood.