Central African Republic Bear by Artist: Patrick Pelenzi
The United Buddy Bears is an art exhibition that promotes the message of living in peace and harmony. Each bear is 2 meters tall and there are around 140 Buddy bears, representing the countries recognised by the United Nations. Each Buddy Bear has a unique design because they were all painted by different artists on behalf of their native countries. The variety of designs represent that despite the diversity, it can be joined together in one work of art. According to The United Buddy Bears website, the bears stand together in a circle ‘hand in hand’, symbolising the future vision of a peaceful world.
Background History: The United Buddy Bears was first exhibited in Berlin in 2002. From then on, the United Buddy Bears has been around the world, such as , Rio De Haneiro, Paris, St. Petersburg, New Delhi and many more.
The exhibition was recently in Penang’s Capital Geogetown, where I visited. The exhibition started on August 28, 2016 and ended on October 31, 2016. I wonder where the exhibition will travel to next!
The United Buddy Bears Official Website
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈
(VLOG Link at the Bottom)
Me standing in between the United States Bear and United Kingdom Bear
(From Left to Right)
Bear 1: Uzbekistan by Miu Mau
Bear 2: Uruguay by Carlos Paéz Vilaró
Bear 3: United States by Bill C. Ray (and Julian Ray)
Bear 4: United Kingdom by Marilyn Green
Bear 5: United Arab Emirates by Ubeid Surur
China Bear By Artist Xiuguo Dong
Xiuguo Dong, who painted the China’s United Buddy Bear, stated that ‘the bear has a funny smile, as he is laughing about all the rumours in the world that might distract us.’
Me Taking A Picture Standing Next to Bear Malaysia by artist IMUDA
Congo-Brazzaville Bear by Simon N' Sondé
My Bear Hug Moment With Bear Of Guatemala, Painted By Artist Mayra Fernández De Schäfer
Kuwait Bear by Thuraya Al-Baqsami
Me Shooting Some Video Footages Of The Colourful United Buddy Bears
My Friend Teresa Posing With The Kyrgyzstan Bear, By Artist Yuristanbek Shigaev
Bear Of France By Artist Bruno di Martino
The design of this bear is very intricate. With 3D painting of the iconic Eiffel Tower along with other iconic French architectures covered in gold.
The Bear of South Korea (Left) and North Korea (Right) Joining Hands
South Korea Bear by Artist Jin Aun Kim
North Korea Bear by Chang Bok Rim and Ik Hyon Kim
A Closeup of the Bear of Finland by Mirka Raito
Me Taking A Selfie With The Bear Of Malaysia
Address: Padang Kota Lama, Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. (Psalm 65:8)
It has been four years since I visited Fiji. (Wow! How time flies…) I was in Fiji for a service trip but honestly, I felt like it was more of a vacation in paradise. Even though I had to do heavy labour such as moving bricks, cutting down trees etc. I enjoyed every single part of my trip. To be able to spend a week waking up and falling asleep to the sound of ocean waves as background music and shower under a blanket of stars during the evening time is definitely an experience I would do all over again. I was especially struck by how the sky in Fiji can produce so many colours, especially during sunset time. Being a busy urban girl, I was used to seeing smog and tall buildings as my backdrop. But Fiji, showed and reminded me how amazing and alluring nature is. I hope that you will enjoy looking at these photographs of Fijian sunsets as much as I enjoyed shooting them. There is an element of calmness in these images, don’t you think?
Oh, how glorious is Your creation. Everything is just perfect, beautiful visuals and audios that calms my soul.
The Mountains looked like it was on fire because of how vivid the colours of red and orange were from the sunset behind it.
A silhouette sunset photo of me taken in Fiji
(this is the same photograph seen in my very first blogpost, Link here TRAVEL 101)
At the end of the trip, I was convinced that I didn’t want to be anywhere else but in Fiji, staring at the eternally beautiful sunsets. I was sad to leave such a beautiful country, but I am looking forward to visit again!
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈
Hi Jetsetters, welcome to my blogisphere. I am Esther, your guide for today! I hope you will enjoy this tour of my visual travel diary.
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