The future of "The Boy and Bear" is in question

This is video we shot Friday of "The Bear and Boy" by Sculptor Marshall Fredericks, or as his museum calls it "The Boy and Bear". It's sits forlorn in front of a shuttered former Hudson's inside Northland Mall. What happens to it after Northland closes is anyone's guess and could involve a court date, but what isn't in doubt, is what it represents to Baby Boomers and Generation X.

Mall sculptures are evocative of a time when malls were destinations. Just looking at this one makes me think of going to any Metro Detroit mall anchored by a Hudson's store. Going to the mall meant a possible trip to the Sanders Ice Cream counter and hot fudge. Or just as good, depending on your mood, a Hot Sam pretzel with mustard.

See the Wurlitzer store in this Fairlane photo there on the second level? Remember when showy salesman like this guy played Lawrence Welk music to lure buyers? Speaking of Fairlane, remember the monorail and futuristic Hyatt Regency? See what happens?

You look at "The Bear and Boy", or "The Boy and Bear", and it conjures a childhood and then Northland kicked us out before we could interview more

than one person. That person was Gus, who works -- worked-- at a store in the mall.

End of an era.

"Yeah, it's pretty crazy, first mall ever and it's gone now. That's it, see you later, no more mall, that's me signing out, Gus," said Gus"

Will the sculpture be auctioned off? Donated? Awarded to Southfield in court? Who knows? But it was meant for public display, and I think we can all root for that to continue. 

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