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Bell, Christopher Wayne 1948-1998

 
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Pacific Grove Beacon, CA Jan. 9, 1998
P.G. sculptor Christopher Bell Felled by heart attack
By Susan Goldbeck
Well-known sculptor and P.G. resident Christopher Bell died suddenly of an apparent heart attack during a Christmas family ski trip to Lake Tahoe. He was 49. Bell is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two teen-age sons, Aaron, 19, and Jordan, 17, all of P.G. Christopher Bell was a renowned local sculptor who had a gallery at the Doubletree Hotel. He was a longtime resident of Pacific Grove and will be remembered here not only as a wonderful man but also for his contributions of two cherished sculptures that he created for this community. The first one he created was a bronze likeness of a mother sea otter and her pup, which Bell donated to the City. It is entitled “Life at the Top,” and it offers great pleasure to passersby at its location on the top of the bluffs overlooking the ocean at Berwick Park. Bell’s personal favorite, and that of many in Pacific Grove, is Bell’s rendering in bronze of “The Butterfly Kids” which sits in front of the Pacific Grove Post Office. According to Bruce Singer, a local writer and a friend of Bell’s, the sculptor had the idea for some time of doing a statue to honor the butterfly parade and asked Singer to help with the fund raising to make the project a reality. Singer indicated that Bell loved the town and felt that the butterfly parade captured its essence so well that he wanted to create a sculpture to celebrate the event. Bell then created a small clay model of “The Butterfly Kids” and he and Singer set to work getting the City and private donor contributions for the creation of a large bronze sculpture of “The Kids.” According to Singer, City support was immediate and local contributions poured in. The project was funded in a few short months. “The Butterfly Kids” now stands in front of the P.G. Post Office, currently wearing the flower remembrances which have been placed around the necks of the “The Kids,” and surrounding their feet in honor of Bell’s passing. Said Singer of Bell, “He believed there should be art in public places. He had a vision for doing public art, which he shared with the P.G. community. It was something he felt very strongly about.” When Bell completed the statues and showed them to Singer before they were taken to the foundry for bronzing, Singer remarked to Bell that they were wonderful, but Singer told Bell that, “…there should be a Band-Aid on the boy’s knee, to be more realistic.” When the competed statues were unveiled in bronze, Singer was surprised to see that Bell had, indeed, place a small Band-Aid on the knee of the boy. “Every time I walk by those statues I will remember that I was fortunate enough to help Chris realize his vision in these works. I only wish we could have gone and done a dozen more,” said Singer. Mayor Sandy Koffman said of Bell: “Chris and his entire family epitomizes what the spirit of Pacific Grove is and this is reflected by his presence in our community and his sharing his art with us. It is very sad to loose Chris, but the message he gave us, both in his art and in the way he lived his life will continue to be shared by everyone who sees “Life at the Top” and “The Butterfly Kids” and knew him. “The way I feel,” said Koffman, “Chris lived life at the top. The way he shared his goodness with the community is “Life at the Top; he really touched a lot of people.”

BELL CHRISTOPHER WAYNE 1948 01 28 TEMPLETON MALE MO EL DORADO 1997 12 29 495528712 49
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