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United Buddy Bears, the messenger of international peace.

Buddy Bears are a series of painted, life-size fibre-glass bear sculptures that are with concept and ideas has been developed in Berlin, Germany. The first Buddy bear was made by the German business Klaus and Eva Herlitz, in collaboration with the sculptor Roman Strobl in the year 2001. The idea Buddy Bear and the United Buddy Bears here is conceptualized for two types of activities. Buddy Bear is an urban festive activity that is rather diversified with the help of many animal sculptures that brings life at many urban city centers around the globe. Whereas The United Buddy bears, brings out the different message like the message of peace, international understanding and tolerance among the nations, cultures and religions around the world.

The first Buddy Bears activities at the street of Berlin occurred at Buddy Berlin Show. In the show about painted about 350 bears to exist at the public domain, as decorative elements in the streets of Berlin. Four different bear designs participated in the show at the city centre of Berlin. Then after many bears were sold out at auctions in help of child relief organizations. Presently, these Berlin Buddy Bears are represented and exhibited at private locations as in the front of hotels and embassies as well as in the entrance hall of different office buildings. The shows of the original Buddy Bears as by the local artist has been organized in the cities of Shanghai (2004), Buenos Aires (2005) and St. Gallen / Switzerland (2006).

The United Buddy Bears is another art exhibition of international fame with about 140 two meter tall fibreglass bears. Its motto as states, “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 more than 140 countries acknowledged by the United Nations are represented, promoting tolerance, international understanding and the great concept of different nations and cultures living in peace and harmony.” The bears, therefore, remains     standing there in and around a peaceful circle.

One important requirement for this international unifying project is to select artists from the different individual countries. The observer there learns about the culture, the history, the people and the landscape of the individual countries whether they are large or small. For the occasion the bears were on the show between June and November 2002, in a circle around the Brandenburg Gate.

It was in around November 2002, the bears were roamed at new locations and places on a world tour at respective countries embassies in Berlin and back to the country they were situated along.  A few of the bears, there were auctioned off to make money for UNICEF. For these exhibitions, there entries are absolutely free and one can learn from these bears a lot about the culture, history, landscape, economy and music in all five continents in lively manner.

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