Artist Heide Hatry has been making snow sculptures in Central Park that have caught the eye of many Upper West Siders.
They show polar bear families in various montages, sometimes with signs highlighting the threats that those animals — and all of us — face because of climate change. They are mostly placed in the West 80s, including several at the 86th Street entrance to the park on the West Side. They have signs on them that say things like “Let Us Chill” or “Mommy What’s a Carbon Footprint?” One even has a polar bear clutching a guitar.
But just as climate change is an existential threat, the polar bears are quickly melting away. So get out and see them soon!
We’ve reached out to Hatry on what inspired her but have not yet heard back. Her Instagram account has some more details. “They made lots of people smile, and I hope we realize that they need our help to survive the upcoming decades,” she wrote on one, encourgaing people to donate to Polar Bears International.