2002 was the year of birth for the “UNITED BUDDY BEARS“. Under the motto
WE HAVE TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER...
...IT MAKES US UNDERSTAND ONE ANOTHER BETTER,
RUST EACH OTHER MORE AND LIVE TOGETHER MORE PEACEFULLY
as many bears from United Nations member states as possible were shown for the first time, standing together peacefully, holding hands. The venue for the exhibition was right next to the Brandenburg Gate, on the premises of the new American Embassy in Berlin.
Please read here the Messages of greeting for the exibition of the United Buddy Bears in Berlin 2002.
The fact that the bears were exclusively designed by artists from the respective countries was a very important prerequisite for the success of this unifying international project. It was the only way of ensuring that the circle of “UNITED BUDDY BEARS“ at the same time reflected the diversity of the many different cultures of our one world. It was a matter of heartfelt concern for all artists to use artistic means to highlight the special features of their native countries for the visitors:
Culture, history, people, landscape, economy, music – always with a different emphasis, many areas were covered, thus creating curiosity about the individual countries in the observers.
The diversity of artistic forms of expression reflects the diversity of the people who live in this world. Each artist is able to attract admiring looks to his or her bear and thus his or her country, using different techniques, highlighting different aspects of the respective country. The visitors suddenly become aware of even the smallest, poorer countries that often do not get much attention at all.
The exhibition owes its origin and the possibility to be visited all over the world completely free of charge to the committed work of many institutions, organisations, administrative bodies, companies and individuals.
For supporting the 1st exhibition of the United Buddy Bears in Berlin we want to thank: