Idaho artist Richard Carpenter spent seven months constructing his entry in the 2012 ArtPrize competition held in Grand Rapids, Mich. — and 8-foot-tall bear painstakingly woven from pine needles, titled “Out of the Woods.” Its mouth, claws, and other features were carved out of wood.
The artist, who sells his work online at Mountain Magic Originals, drove 1,700 miles to enter his creation in the competition in hope of winning the $200,000 grand prize. Entries are voted on by the public at the ArtPrize website, and the first round of voting opened Sept. 19, 2012.
Carpenter made his first pine-needle bear in 1995. He also carves sculpture and jewelry from shed moose antlers. A Grand Rapids TV station aired a short story about the unusual contest entry Sept. 18; see the video here.