The Lesson

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  • Location Notes: West Gate Entrance of the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Park: Lincoln Park
  • Park Address: 2045 N Lincoln Park West Chicago IL 60614
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7726
  • Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture
  • Artwork Installed: 2005
  • Artist: Darrell Davis
Lincoln Park Zoo: The Lesson

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Sculptor Darrell Davis’s The Lesson, a bronze trio of black bears, sits atop one of the limestone pedestals which comprise the Lincoln Park Zoo’s West Gate entrance. In this sculptural group, a mother bear grasps a fish in her mouth as though she is teaching her two young cubs how to fish.

Darrell Davis (b. 1962) lives and works in Arlington, Texas. Specializing in sculptures of animals, his work can be found in other zoos and public spaces including the Dallas Zoo, Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana and Compass Rose Park, Hilton Head South Carolina.