Sculpture "Legend of the Perm bear"
The sculpture "Legend of the Perm bear" or "The walking bear" was erected in Perm on September 9, 2006. The walking bear is the symbol of the city; it is depicted on the coat of arms of Perm. The authors of the project put in stone the common belief of the foreign guests about bears walking in the streets of the Ural cities. The author of the sculpture is Vladimir Pavlenko, member of Artists' Union of Russia and UNESCO International Association of Arts. The original monument was made of artificial stone and weighed 2.5 tons. On October 29, 2008, the sculpture was dismantled and on June 12, 2009, a new sculpture of bronze was erected in a different place: while the original monument had been situated opposite the Philharmonic Concert Hall, the new structure was placed opposite the Central Department Store next to the Ural Hotel.