Did You Know The Bronze Statues at Rio Have a Story Behind Them That Encourages a Hunt For Missing Objects?

The two bronze statues of a cat and a bear have been a fixture at Gaithersburg’s Rio Lakefront for years, but did you know that they have a name and a story behind them? The whimsical sculptures of Fridolin, the bronze bear, and Kimo, a human size bronze cat, encourages a “hunt for missing objects.”

The bronze animals hold open books that tell a story about their character and that describe six lost items — a pocket watch, hat, suitcase, beehive, Dutch shoes and a bag of popcorn with a bird eating from the bag. See if you can find them all! Read their stories below:

Fridolin’s Story: “Hello! My name is Fridolin and I have been sitting on this bench for a long, long time.  I am retired now, but for the last 30 years I have worked at the “Sweet As You” Honey Plant here in Gaithersburg. I did my job well and never calling in sick.  I have been most happy here and love listening to the people I meet.  I am so proud that I live here.  I noticed there is a new fellow, Kimo, who sits on his bench across from me and is new to the Mall. Did you notice him too? I would certainly like to welcome him with a taste of some of my famous “Rocky Chocolaty Broccoli Honey”, but oh, dear! I can’t seem to find my Honey!  Can you please help me so I may introduce myself and welcome Kimo?

-I am missing a large beehive.  I’m sure all the bees buzzing around and on it will give you a clue as to where it is!

-I can’t walk over to my new friend until I find my shoes! They are so special in design and given to me by my Dutch Uncle.

-My outfit is not complete without my hat! It is a most elegant little cap that fits perfect on my head!

Thank you for your assistance.  Please join me in going over and conveying greetings “to Mr. Kimo!”


Kimo’s Story: “Oh, my! Thank you for coming by to visit me.  I have been traveling for most of my life, looking for a home.  I have been to the far corners of the world, but nothing compares to my new home here on the Washingtonian Mall!  I love this mall, and will take such good care of it.  I will always be here waiting for you to come and visit because I care about what you have to say.  I  will greet the visitors, and keep the mall clean.  Talk about keeping the mall clean; when I arrived here, I was so exited I dropped some of my things and can’t see to find them! Can you please help me?  I’ll tell you what I am missing.

-My favorite food is popcorn, and I’m missing a freshly popped bag! Can you find my popcorn?

-I have checked and checked, and have lost my pocket watch! I don’t want to be late greeting visitors; it is most important that I find it!

-Last but not least, I am missing my suitcase. I have to look my best when I’m visiting with you, and my comb is inside.  Thank you, thank you for your help! Please come back and visit with me anytime!”



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