By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jan 14, 2021 at 4:01 PM

As of Wednesday, five white bears will spend the winter in Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St., but luckily, they are not ravenous nor of the Chicago sports team variety. Instead, they are part of a public art installation called Massimals MKE.

Artist Jason Scroggin, an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design, created the life-sized bears. Students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning helped Scroggin assemble the installation in the Wisconsin Center prior to transporting them to Cathedral Square.

The bears will be on display through the spring of 2021 and are intended to be enjoyed as both public art and fun photo ops. Lighting elements will be added the week of Jan. 18 by Majic Productions.

"The inspiration of the Massimals was to present architectural models at a larger scale to get something out in the public for people of all ages to enjoy instead of just in a gallery. I wanted to present something friendly in an animal form that people would react to and interact with on a full scale," says Scroggin. "My hopes are that people appreciate not only the artistic implications, the materials and the bear shapes, but to also appreciate the playful nature of the installation. My sole purpose is to bring joy to the Milwaukee community." 

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.