Bear hugs from Berlin
A round of 143 bear sculptures representing opposite countries are in city to foster assent and harmony.
Published: Jul 4, 2012 (Issue # 1716)
ALEXANDER BELENKY / SPT
Russia’s bear (4th from left) is flashy with a normal khokhloma settlement and is renouned with visitors.
The world-touring United Buddy Bears are celebrating their 25th muster and 10th anniversary in St. Petersburg. One hundred and forty-three brightly embellished two-meter high bear total from all over a universe mount palm in palm in a Alexandrovsky Garden, compelling vital together in assent and harmony.
The giveaway outside vaunt is open in a city 24 hours a day by Aug. 5.
Buddy Bears initial strike a streets in 2001. Project initiators Eva and Dr. Klaus Herlitz wanted art to be on arrangement in city streets and motionless to start a singular art plan in Berlin.
“The certain greeting we got from visitors gave us a suspicion to use Buddy Bears’ recognition to yield some-more targeted food for suspicion to foster mutual bargain between opposite people. In 2002 this suspicion grown into a suspicion of a United Buddy Bears,” pronounced Michael Stefanescu, handling executive of Buddy Bear Berlin.
Each fibreglass bear represents a member state of a United Nations. All of a bears are station together palm in hand, combining a vast round of equals.
Artists from all over a universe were invited to comprehend a project. Each bear was combined in a opposite impression to demonstrate a singular impression of a artists’ internal countries, permitting visitors to take a debate around a universe while visiting a exhibition.
“Together Buddy Bears paint a finish work of art, swelling an huge liking for life,” pronounced Stefanescu.
“The bears foster toleration and mutual bargain between opposite nations and cultures. None of a bears paint a supervision or stream domestic system. They paint people and their cultures. The arrangement of a opposite countries symbolizes a prophesy of a universe that will be pacific in a future,” he said.
There are also 4 special bears that benefaction ideas required for people to co-exist peacefully. Two golden bears holding hands uncover that nobody can live on their possess and that how people act toward one another has consequences. The initial Golden Rule bear conveys a summary that a some-more accessible a chairman is to other people, a some-more friendship they are expected to accept in return. The difference “Try to provide everybody a approach we wish to be treated” are created on it.
The second Global Ethic bear illustrates that there can be no assent among nations though assent among religions. The bear represents a simple commandments from a “Declaration toward a Global Ethic” and is lonesome in quotes from opposite religions that all meant a same thing — “In everything, do to others as we would have them do to you.”
There is also an Einstein Bear with a scientist’s words: “Peace can't be kept by force. It can usually be achieved by understanding.” The Respect For All Life Bear appeals for people to have a kind opinion towards all vital creatures.
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Each bear represents a opposite country. Cuba’s bear smokes a cigar.
The bear was selected from other animals to be a envoy for this goal since it is a pitch of Berlin, a city where a sculptures and suspicion originated.
“People understand bears to be simpatico and amiable — maybe usually since many of us grew adult with teddy bears. And a lifted arms of a bears designate that they are not dangerous and do not wish to mistreat anybody,” pronounced Stefanescu.
Since 2002, over 30 million people have noticed a globe-trotting bears.
“Wherever a muster has been displayed, including in St. Petersburg, all visitors are excited, anxious and eager … We are also blissful to see that a summary of toleration and bargain is good understood,” pronounced Stefanescu.
The plan aims not usually to assistance with a approach people perspective other countries and a world, though also to lift financial assist for those who need it.
“We also wish to prominence that many countries are in obligatory need of a support. Children from all over a universe can advantage from a deduction generated by auctioning off sculptures from a round of United Buddy Bears,” he said.
Charity has turn a pivotal partial of a Buddy Bear exhibits. During a 10 years of a activities a plan has lifted some-more than $2.4 million to assistance children in need. In St. Petersburg one Buddy Bear that represented Russia during a past muster (and can still be seen on arrangement during a vaunt as a second figure representing Russia) will be auctioned off to advantage a internal children’s gift organization. The starting cost is 160,000 rubles ($4,915).
The Buddy Bears’ subsequent end is Paris: In Oct this year, they will make their famous round subsequent to a Eiffel Tower. In 2013 a bears will transport to Brazil.
“Due to a fact that some-more cities and countries are requesting to horde a exhibition, it seems that a universe debate of a United Buddy Bears is a neverending story,” pronounced Stefanescu.
The United Buddy Bears vaunt runs by Aug. 5 during a Alexandrovsky Garden in front of a Admiralty. M. Admiralteiskaya. www.buddy-baer.com.