Street sculptures are as much a part of the street art scene as the more familiar painted walls that we see and this poignant piece by Getting up to Stuff was installed at the top of Jacob’s Wells Road in the perfect spot, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2020).
In this moving piece, what looks like Pooh Bear is comforting a young lad in a hoodie who appears to be contemplating jumping. It is a very touching piece and demonstrates the power of a caring hand. It also reminds me of the robot bear in the film AI (Artificial Intelligence), who had a similar guardianship role.
I know little of the artist Getting up to Stuff, but in checking some facts about this piece, I realised that he was responsible for a statue in The Bearpit some time ago that I can now share with you (to come). Many will drive or walk past this and not look up, they will miss it. My advice to everyone is keep your eyes open… there is treasure all around us if we only care to see it.