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Town To Burn Dancing Bears Sculpture In Nod To Bears Ears

A small Utah town will burn a dancing bears sculpture for an annual celebration of the winter solstice and to honor the former Bears Ears National Monument.

Bluff residents and friends Thursday night will burn the 15-foot-high effigy created by local artist Joe Pachak. The sculpture, made of willows and branches, depicts a traditional Ute dance step.

Pachak began annually creating his flammable art five years ago as a way to reflect on the achievements of the past year and look ahead to the next.

About 400 people are expected to attend, which is nearly double the town's population.

President Donald Trump trimmed and broke up the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah earlier this month.