United Buddy Bears In Riga

Sunday, August 19, 2018

United Buddy Bears is an international art exhibition with more than 140 two meter tall fiberglass bears. The Buddy Bear has become an unofficial ambassador for Germany and is a symbol of Berlin since 2001. The raised arms of the standing Buddy Bears are aligned on the dissemination of friendliness and optimism, and thus mediate a positive mood.

The bears have already greeted over 40 million persons in 30 cities all over the world.  The United Buddy Bears spend the summer of 2018 in Riga to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Latvia. On the Dome Square in the heart of the city, United Buddy Bears stand peacefully “hand in hand” and set an example for tolerance and international understanding. The bears stand on two legs with their front paws raised. Each Buddy Bear shows the individual design created by different artists on behalf of their native countries. Each bear stands for the people of the different countries and their culture, yet not for political systems. The diverse design of the Buddy Bears – always typical for the respective countries – enables the visitors to experience a journey around the globe. The Buddy Bears stand together, symbolizing the future vision of a peaceful world. This is the bears’ first visit to the Baltics, which is Germany’s gift to Latvian residents on the country’s centenary. The exhibition is organized by the German Embassy in Riga in cooperation with the Riga City Council.

Every one of the 149 bear figures are painted individually by a known artist from the respective country. The Latvian bear figure is painted by Kaspars Zariņš, and symbolizes happiness and optimism. Furthermore, there are also five special bears, and this exhibition will also feature a Riga Bear, which will remain in the Latvian capital. The exhibition is on display on the Dome Square in the Latvian capital from 12 July to 22 August 2018. The exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.