United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears   4 comments


United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade  –  Here come the Bears

From the Chief Minister of Penang, Tuan Lim Guan Eng’s Press Conference:-

UNITED Buddy Bears (UBB) from Berlin are world renowned. The aim of these UBB is to promote peace and unity. There are 148 two-meter tall UBB from various countries. Soon, Penang will have its own UBB.

“Penangites will be able to see these UBBs when they landed here on Aug 28 and will be on display till Oct 30,” Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today.

A contest to design a Penang Buddy Bear is open to the public from July 27 to Aug 14. The winning design will join the rest of the UBB to tour around the world. For details on the contest, please go to www.ubbpenang.com/contest.php

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

 

Background

“We have to get to know each other better …
… it makes us understand one another better,
trust each other more, and live together more peacefully”

Under this motto, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promote living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. Around 140 Buddy Bears (each 2 m tall) represent as many countries recognised by the United Nations.

Since the first exhibition in Berlin in 2002, more than 35 million visitors world-wide have been able to admire the United Buddy Bears.

Art and Culture: Each Buddy Bear shows the individual design created by different artists on behalf of their native countries. The international artists’ different styles are joined together in one work of art, spreading zest for life. The diverse design of the Buddy Bears – always typical for the respective countries – enables the visitors to experience a journey around the globe.

The Message: The Buddy Bears stand together “hand in hand”, symbolising the future vision of a peaceful world. Each bear stands for the people of the different countries and their culture, yet not for political systems.

Charity: Buddy Bear activities and aid for children in need have formed an inseparable unit. To date,  € 2,100,000 (June 2016) have been raised through donations and auctions in aid of UNICEF and local children’s relief organisations.

Meet the Creator

The First Buddy Bears In Berlin

The story of the Buddy Bears started with an artistic event in Berlin in 2001. Inspired by the idea of bringing art in the streets of a metropolis like the Cow Parade in Zurich and New York, the initiators of the Buddy Bears, Klaus und Eva Herlitz, decided to start a street art project in Berlin.

It was quickly agreed that a bear would be the ideal sculpture for the backdrops of the German metropolis. The bear – Berlin’s heraldic animal with a high level of public appeal – was envisaged to capture the hearts of Berliners and their guests in various different designs.

Two master students of the famous Berlin University of the Arts realised the first Buddy Bear. Anne and Roman Strobel – two friends of the Herlitz family – designed the siblings of the first Buddy Bear.

Extracted from http://www.ubbpenang.com/united-buddy-bears.php

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade - Here come the Bears.

United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears.

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4 responses to “United Buddy Bears Penang at Esplanade – Here come the Bears

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  1. Gorgeous photo! How many countries are represented? Where are they on display?

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    • Over 148 countries are represented but some were not in exhibition as some local Muslim Preachers objected as some verses of the Koran were written on the back of these bears from Muslim countries. These bears were designed and drawn by the artist of each country.

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  2. Bravo Lim Soo Peng. Look what your story inspired in me to write.
    PLM

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