It was an “only in Brisbane” kind of morning on Saturday, February 23. About 80 local folks and guests gathered in Costanos Canyon to see Mayor Madison Davis unveil the previously stolen but now reproduced raccoon statue honoring the late community activist and artist Byron Jensen. The bronze statue was originally commissioned and funded by the community, dedicated to the children of Brisbane and created by the city’s first famous artist Spero Anargyros in 1989.
Mayor Davis invited the dozen children present to participate in the exciting countdown and removal of the tarp from the sculpture. The honoree’s son, currently Indiana resident Pennfield Jensen, drew warm smiles and applause with his story of the Jensen family’s pet raccoon, whose name was Jimmy. Another special, happy guest in attendance was the sculptor’s widow Mrs Maria Anargyros.
The event was organized and refreshments served by Recreation Director Noreen Leek and staff.
In connection with the occasion there is a special historical exhibit in the Brisbane Library featuring the sculptor, his work and Byron Jensen, assembled by Jeri Sulley and Anja Miller. Everyone is encouraged to see the photos and Byron’s oiginal oil painting showing the view from her Kings Road house before the bay was filled in.
To enjoy photos of the event taken by Cris Hart, Tomoju Shimaya, and the City of Brisbane, please visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/brisbanecalifornia/albums/72157705517611631