Group of Bears

Group of Bears is the latest addition to Central Park's collection of climbing statues for children.

Commonly called Three Bears, the statue features three life-sized bronze bears on a stepped platform.

Group of Bears is the focal point of Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck-Heckscher East Playground, and the surrounding seating area is a perfect place for caretakers to watch adventurous little ones confront the beasts.

Added to the Park in 1990, Group of Bears is the work of celebrated American artist Paul Manship. No stranger to Central Park, Manship also created the Osborn Gates at Ancient Playground and the Lehman Gates at the Children’s Zoo. More of his works—including another version of this statue—can be found at the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Charles Engelhard Court of the American Wing.