Bear sculptures at Wild Place Project

Spot Bears at Wild Place Project Bristol this spring

Twenty individually hand-painted 3D Bears form a new trail around fun, family attraction Wild Place Project in Bristol.

From 6 April until 2 September 2019 visitors are able to follow a route around the park to discover the 6ft (1.8m) tall Bears. Each Bear sculpture will be individually designed and decorated by a team of talented artists over the coming weeks.

We’ve been commissioned by the Bristol Zoological Society to create the event in its south Gloucestershire attraction. As well as providing outdoor adventure, play and learning, Wild Place Project has an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe.

Celebrating the new Bear Wood

The sculpture trail comes ahead of the arrival of real European brown bears at the attraction, as a new exhibit called Bear Wood opens at Wild Place Project in July. All 20 Bear sculptures have been sponsored by local organisations as part of a fundraising campaign for Bear Wood.

Nigel Simpson, Head of Operations at Wild Place Project, said:

“The Bear sculpture trail is a fantastic collaboration between Wild Place Project and many of our partners and supporters.

“It promises to be an exciting discovery trail around the attraction as visitors will be able to tick off the Bears as they find them, and take part in activities associated with the trail. It will be a wonderful prelude to the arrival of real bears later this year.”

Art trail for conservation

Ben Reed, Head of Creative Development at Wild in Art, said:

“Wild in Art developed the hugely successful Wow! Gorillas trail with Bristol Zoo Gardens in 2011, to celebrate the Zoo’s 175th birthday. It’s great to back at its sister site and working with them to help support their vision of creating a sustainable future for wildlife and people.”

Bear Wood is the story of what was, where we are now and what is still at stake. It will inspire visitors to protect woodland for the native species that call it home, whilst helping to preserve this vital woodland habitat for future generations to enjoy.

Visitor information

Entrance prices to Wild Place Project start at £7.92 for an adult £5.28 for a child (2 – 14 years old). Tickets can be purchased online at

Visitors can meet amazing animals from across the world from the mischievous lemurs of Madagascar to the striking grey wolves of Europe.

Keep up with the Bears on Facebook @wildplacebristol and Twitter @wild_place.

Pictured: Two sculptures have been painted by Bristol artists Mr Penfold and Richt. The blank sculptures will be transformed with individual designs by artists over the coming weeks. Photo by Wild Place Project.