the historic building at Fourth and Lincoln in Loveland, CO, burned
down, the city decided to build a Pocket Park on the spot, for "quiet
times, lunch-time concerts, and gatherings for community festivals.
The "Cougar Bench" was created to provide a resting place
for visitors to the park, affording the unique experience of sitting
with a friendly mountain lion at one's shoulder. It was commissioned
via open competition by the Visual Arts Commission of Loveland,
installed in 1990, and has since become a popular place for kids,
adults and family pets to have their pictures taken. No one knows
how to relax like a cat. But even in repose, the feline is always
alert, always aware of what goes on around him."