Polar Bears live in the Arctic and Grizzly bears live in Canada and never the twain shall meet… or should they? That’s what was on everyone’s mind when a Pizzly Bear (or if you prefer, a Grolar Bear) turned up in ’06 in the Canadian Arctic. Apparently, the melting snow caps caused these bears’ habitats to overlap, and consequently resulted in their unlikely offspring. Although this incident would typically be perceived as a sad state of environmental affairs, one person saw it differently. Masahiro Minami, a designer working out of Shiga Prefecture in Japan, was inspired by this beautiful love story and decided to create ‘Bears on Melting Ice’ (2008) for his daughter.
Using two different colors of wood, the Bears on Melting Ice rocker depicts the two bears overcoming their differences and forming a union in order to pass on their DNA to the next generation. In creating the rocker for his daughter, Minami saw it as a metaphor for his family — the two partners joining to support their child on their backs. The Bears on Melting Ice rocker will likely stay in their family for years to come, and one day their child will understand its significance. But until then, her only concern is getting enough playtime out of it.