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ARTS Obispo proposes statue of Teddy Roosevelt in Mitchell Park

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Years and years ago, 113 years ago to be exact, President Theodore Roosevelt stopped by the fair little city of San Luis Obispo.

In Mitchell Park in early May of 1903, ole Teddy thunderously gave one of 250 speeches that he would deliver across the American West that year as part of his Great Loop journey. And guys, this is really awkward, but as a community, we’ve done nothing to commemorate the historic event of this president talking in one of our parks. Until now.

The SLO Arts County Council (ARTS Obispo) is proposing that a bronze sculpture of the president, slightly larger than life-sized, seated among a small group of native boulders from nearby Cerro San Luis or Bishop Peak, be erected in Mitchell Park. In addition to honoring Roosevelt, the sculpture would also celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service that he helped create. 

Local artist Paula Zima, whose sculpture of a California grizzly bear sits in Mission Plaza in downtown SLO, will craft this stately sculpture. 

The project is still pending review and approval by the SLO City Council and various committees. Arts Obispo officials estimate the project could be completed mid-summer 2017. For more information, contact office@artsobispo.org or call 544-9251.

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