For generations, new Boiseans have started life at St. Luke’s in downtown Boise. But perhaps for the first time, a mama bear added a baby bear to the family at the hospital.
No, not a real bear. The large bear sculpture that sits atop the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Idaho Elks Pavilion building has a new edition: a baby bear!
The team at Trademark Design & Fabrication added to the whimsical animal sculpture collection last week, with a new baby bear sculpture at ground level to match and coordinate with the larger mama bear that has sat atop the building since it first opened in 2020.
The new stylized bear is holding a bird, and sits at ground level. The mama bear now looks like she’s watching over her baby instead of merely monitoring the sidewalk.
The bears join a whole collection of animals, including a fox, deer and more, which surround the building leading to the entry. As BoiseDev reported in 2019, the building was designed to feature a number of whimsical and interactive touches to be inviting for kids who come to the facility for treatment.