Wordless Wednesday with the Buddy Bears spotted in Berlin. Let’s start the year peacefully, shall we?
The Art of Tolerance is an ongoing exhibition that travels the world. 146 Buddy Bears who represent 146 different countries where last spotted at Tierpark Berlin.
The bears first appeared in Berlin in 2001. They were designed by local artists and many of them were auctioned off for charities. Today, you still find bears all over Berlin, for example in front of hotels.
The united version first appeared in 2002. The bears formed a circle around the Brandenburg Gate; representing tolerance and peace.
Now they are traveling the world. Countries include Australia, Russia, France and Brazil. Additionally, they visited places like Cuba, Hong Kong and even North Korea.
For the exhibition in South Korea a bear from North Korea joined the fun and since they always appear in alphabetical order, both nations were standing side by side. The exhibition in Jerusalem included all countries of the Arab World with the Palestinian Bear on equal footing. That’s pretty fab for some fiber glass and paint.
For their 65th anniversary of Tierpark Friedrichsfelde the United Buddy Bears put on a show and rumors go, it was even organized as a suprise for the zoo.
Now, while we are talking about 65th anniversaries, it looks as if there will be a Eurovision Song Contest this year. Fingers crossed!
Be nice and happy Hump Day!