UC Berkeley’s campus is pretty amazing. There are so many beautiful buildings and fun places to visit: 4.0 Hill, the Campanile, the Big C — the list goes on and on. But one thing on campus that is definitely underrated is our wonderful collection of bear statues. We at the Clog found 10, and we think it’d be worth your time to try to find some too. So if you ever get bored with all of the extra time you’ll have this semester as classes start (cue sarcasm), take a stroll through campus and pay attention to some of the overlooked art on our amazing campus! Here’s a little guide we created on where to find them and the route we took to see them. More importantly, see if you can find more.
Let’s start at the Campanile — we hope you all know where that is.
Here you’ll find two small stone bears on top of the bench outside the entrance to the Campanile.
Then, go up to the top of the Campanile (it’s free with your student ID, in case you didn’t know), and you’ll find all of the bells, which play on the hour, every hour. One of them is called the Great Bear Bell. Now, enjoy the awesome view up there.
Then, walk down towards Wheeler Hall, and stop in front of the old brick building called South Hall. If you look closely in the third opening to the balcony, you’ll see the teeniest little bear statue you’ve ever seen! We circled it in the photo below to make it a bit easier to find.
Continue down toward Haas Pavilion, and you’ll come across the Alumni House. You’ll find a small bear statue nestled in between some trees and bushes. He’s pretty cool, especially because of his roaring face.
Now, walk back up towards the Campanile and continue to O’Brien Hall. You will then see the two most glorious bear statues lounging side by side. They are the best to take pictures with!
From there, walk over to the Haas School of Business. Walk to the upper level of the courtyard, and you’ll see “Les Bears,” two bronze statues leaning back to back.
Now, exit Haas, cross the street and you’ll come across the final bear statue, which is probably the most famous bear statue, in front of Memorial Stadium. This one is great for football fans to take pictures with before the game.
Now go home, eat some junk food and take a nap because you just got in a good workout and saw some of the great artistic representations of bears on our campus. Props to you.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve found any others!
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