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expand Artist: Carlos Paéz Vilaró
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When our President Dr Tabaré Vázquez asked me on 11th May 2009 on the occasion of the festive exhibition opening whether I would design a new bear for Uruguay, I agreed immediately - in spite of my advanced age of 85. Three days later, the huge, unpainted bear stood in my studio. Only then did I realise the extent of my task and the inherent responsibility. I started straight away to ensure that the bear could take its place in the exhibition in our capital as soon as possible. Our pride, the two football World Cup titles and the tango – as well as the related milonga – had to be included into the design – and of course “our sun“ on the Uruguayan national flag.

Carlos Paéz Vilarió

Sponsor: Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo

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