HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The city of Hagerstown is spending $7,000 for a new piece of public art.

The Herald-Mail reported Wednesday that the City Council has agreed to help fund the sculpture of two black bears to be placed in the City Park lake.

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The sculpture is called “The Fishing Lesson.” It will depict a mother bear teaching her cub to fish. The sculptor is Paul Rhymer of Point of Rocks.

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The project’s full cost is estimated at $22,000. Project organizers have obtained a $5,000 Maryland State Arts Council grant. They say they’ll also seek private donations.

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The city’s share includes $2,000 for printing and distribution of a children’s book based on the artwork. The book was written by Hagerstown Community College Assistant English Professor Amanda Miller.
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