Disco Ball Bear has gone back to nature
Whatever happened to Disco Ball Bear? The Tribune has confirmed that he is doing well and remains in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The bear was part of last year’s CeleBEARtion campaign, in which artists decorated nearly 50 Fiberglass bears that were displayed around town over the summer. The bears were then sold at an auction that netted $155,000 for South Shore nonprofits.
The campaign, organized by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, produced many popular bears. Disco Ball Bear, who stood in front of MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, certainly had his following, drawing the top bid from an anonymous buyer at the auction. The bear is the creation of artists Mark Bissonnette & Darcie Park-Bissonnette.
Here is a message that was dropped off at the Tribune office along with photos of Disco Ball Bear in his new habitat:
“The Disco Ball Bear is alive and doing well. He is at his home in the South Lake Tahoe area and would like to dispel the rumors we have been hearing. He is not damaged in any way and he has not left the basin.
“He has, however, been given back his original name, ‘Tahoe Reflections.’ Artist Darcie Park named him that originally and his name was changed when it was decided he would be living at MontBleu for a short time. Now that he is back in the forest, reflect he does. He sparkles day and night and even occasionally blinds folks coming up the driveway. He blends into the scenery when he reflects sky, trees, flowers and sun.
“While his owners still prefer to remain anonymous, they wanted you to know he is still here and will remain so. They love him terribly.
“Disco Ball Bear would also like to make it clear that he would not like to be dropped from MontBleu at midnight on New Year’s Eve (as one letter-writer to the Tribune suggested). He’s a bear, after all, and bears like their paws on solid ground.”