Expect traffic delays on Jan. 23

The new bear statue is being installed at the Southeast Tahoma Way roundabout

The following is a Facebook post from the city of Maple Valley.

The latest addition to the city of Maple Valley’s public art portfolio is scheduled for installation on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the roundabout on Southeast Tahoma Way.

Created by Colorado-based sculptor Dan Ostermiller, a 47-inch-tall bronze bear statue, affectionately referred to as “Papa Bear,” will be installed in the roundabout at the east entrance to Tahoma High School and the future Summit Park.

The statue embodies the spirit of both Maple Valley and Tahoma High School. Ostermiller is known as America’s premier wildlife sculptor. Sculpting for three decades, he is nationally recognized for his thorough knowledge and interpretation of anatomy and form. The bear he created for Maple Valley exudes character, personality and charm.

The project is co-sponsored by the Maple Valley City Council and the Tahoma School District. The statue is expected to be a popular attraction with community members and visitors to the city.

The public is asked to anticipate the temporary closure of Southeast Tahoma Way on Jan. 23 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the installation of the statue and adjust their travel accordingly.

The city of Maple Valley and Tahoma School District will host an official unveiling and dedication ceremony at a future date to be announced.

For more information about the installation and road closure, please contact the City of Maple Valley at 425-413-8800.