Artist: Roberta Kelly
"... The mouse Bitsy was made possible through a grant by the First
National Bank. The bank held a contest to name the
limestone mouse for children
under the age of 12. The prize was a $500 savings
account. Three-year-old Kristin Madsen of Hood River won the
the name Bitsy. Her entry was selected from approximately
three-member panel of judges made up of 1979 Rose
Festival Queen Rochelle Anderson,
Portland Police Chief Bruce Baker and former NBA
basketball star Herm Gilliam.
When Warren J. Iliff became director of the Oregon Zoo in 1975, he wanted to make it:
magical place for children to learn, wonder at, and experience the
world of animals."
that goal in mind, Iliff began collecting animal sculptures that
he thought would give children the opportunity to indulge their imaginations.
His legacy can be seen today when children play in the Warren J. Iliff Sculpture
Garden across from the elephant barn at the Oregon Zoo.
knew that, "for some children, to touch or hug a live animal
would be a frightening experience, while for others a fantasy lion
to be brave around will help them identify with the animal and
garden is a way for children to experience animals in an environment
that is not intimidating,
and allows them to
to develop their interest in the animal world. In doing so, the
zoo becomes the magical place that Iliff hoped it would be ..."
Tamayo was a Zapotecan Indian born in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He moved to
México City where he attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas
"San Carlos." "El hombre frente al infinito (Man before the Infinite)," 1950, oil on canvas
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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