The pursuit of flight is as much an interest to bears as it is to humans. The ability to take to the skies, leaving behind the old homestead and exploring new worlds must be an urge for all creatures.
Some are, obviously, naturally gifted with the power. Most are not. And, it took months of tireless research to find the solution – research that started with interviews, sharing of knowledge and, even, inter-species cooperation (though, not always helpful in terms of finding the ability to leave the ground).
Finally, a breakthrough. One bear figured out the most unlikely solution to the problem – a result of using only materials readily available, will power and a lot of luck. Thus was born the Land-to-Air Navigation Apparatus (or LANA for short). A quick flight around Lake Superior revealed the true power of the device. Life may never be the same for bears.
So, I’ve been contracted to equip those bears who are interested in leaving terra firma. Not surprisingly, many are lining up – ready to explore new places, see new lands and, of course, customize their new LANAs (jet-pack for the layperson).
For a limited time, I am excited to announce the Walker Art Center Shop will be facilitating this dispersal of bears into the world-at-large. Look for them in the museum store from mid-November through early February.