United Buddy Bears (2001)
International Art Exhibition with more than 140 Fiberglass Bears
The United Buddy Bears, created in 2002, is an exhibition that includes over 140 fiberglass bears that stand hand in hand in a circle in Berlin. Each bear is designed by an artist chosen from each individual country, in order to ensure that the diversity of the various cultures across the globe are reflected. The circle of bears stand next to the motto; “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,” which has been accepted by the 140+ countries. Originally displayed in Berlin, the enormous success of the exhibition led to the creation of a new circle in 2003 for a global tour; some of the countries include Turkey, Japan, Australia, India, even North Korea and many more. This exhibition showcases the need for peaceful coexistence and an international understanding of nations, cultures and religions; a message that has been recognised by various governments, organisations, politicians amongst the international community. The concept behind the United Buddy Bears is optimistic and appreciates multiculturalism and the need to harmonize as an international community.