Bear Belly Wire Sculpture


Bear Belly is the clever creation of award-winning sculptor Josh Coté. Handcrafted in Bakersville, North Carolina, this intricate wire sculpture was made using only needle-nosed pliers and some innovative techniques that Josh has developed over the years. The wire is cold-worked, painstakingly hand-manipulated, and wrapped and woven to create the desired structure. For this sculpture, Josh incorporated a vintage chair.

About Josh Coté
Since childhood, Josh has always been surrounded by art and artists. His grandparents were both oil painters, and his father was a watercolorist. He grew up “on the road” in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, going to art festivals along the East Coast with his family. Josh found inspiration in authors like Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, and Dr. Seuss, which drew him into “a magical dream world.” After studying painting and drawing at the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design, Josh became a self-taught sculptor. He’s known for his unique and fanciful wire sculptures of wild and mythical creatures. Some of Josh’s sculptures take months and miles of wire to complete!

  • Artist: Josh Coté
  • American-Made in Bakersville, NC
  • One-of-a-kind wire bear sculpture
  • Vintage chair
  • Dimensions: 57″ H x 24″ W x 46″ D


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