Dunbar steel sculpture to be lit-up green for climate summit

THE five-metre high steel DunBear sculpture at DunBear Park, Dunbar, is to be lit-up green to mark COP26 in Glasgow.

The sculpture of a brown bear, designed by Andy Scott, was erected in 2019 at DunBear Park, a low carbon mixed-use development located beside the A1 at Dunbar. The lights are powered by solar panels.

The sculpture is a tribute to John Muir, the Dunbar-born conservationist who emigrated to the USA and helped to form the Sierra Club, which has become one of the largest environmental organisations in the world. John Muir petitioned the president and congress to form National Parks, and through this Yosemite and other National Parks were eventually established.

DunBear Park aims to be an exemplar low carbon community, adopting low carbon technology to generate renewable heat and power on site.

Ken Ross from Hallhill Developments Limited said, “Being in such a prominent position at the gateway to Dunbar, the stunning DunBear sculpture provides the perfect opportunity to commemorate key events such COP26, one of the most important global meetings ever to take place in the UK. It is also fitting that it should be part of our low carbon community of DunBear Park, which through significant investment will adopt the latest low carbon technology, with renewable heat and power generated onsite, delivering on our ambitious goal to be an exemplar low carbon development.

“The DunBear has become a much-loved piece of public art, well-visited by the local community and drawing visitors to the area and into Dunbar itself to find out more about John Muir, the pioneering naturalist and conservationist which it is a tribute to. It not only celebrates the work of one man but also reminds us that we can each make a positive contribution to climate change and reduce global warming for future generations.”