Photo: Wax on

Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2009

R.T. "Skip" Wallen puts a yearly layer of wax on his 1,500-pound bronze statue of a brown bear Wednesday. The statue, called "Windfall Fisherman" and crafted by Wallen, was commissioned in 1984 in honor of the silver anniversary of Alaska's statehood. The statue, which sits at the Dimond Courthouse plaza, is owned by the city of Juneau and has a maintanace fund set aside for it. The wax keeps the bronze from turning green and protects it from the elements.

David J. Sheakley / Juneau Empire
David J. Sheakley / Juneau Empire

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