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The United Buddy Bears arrive in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

May 21st, 2014
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News from Berlin- The German consulate in Rio de Janeiro, in cooperation with the Mayor of the City, has organized the installation of 141 United Buddy Bear sculptures along the walkway at Copacabana Beach. The exhibition was inaugurated on the May 1st, and will be on display for viewers until July 20th.

This exposition falls under the German-Brazil Year festivities, where the inspirational theme of “When ideas connect” has once again proven its efficacy in strengthening German-Brazilian relationships and putting forward the common interest of promoting cultural ties and mutual understanding. Moreover, it also coincides with the World Cup celebrations, enabling the sculptures to be admired by thousands of visitors from all around the world, who will question the bear´s meaning of peace, friendship and harmony.

Each bear presented in the exhibition symbolizes a different country of the world, and each one is decorated by an artist from a different nation using typical art and local cultural elements. The United Buddy Bear promotes cultural integration and conveys a message of peace, international understanding and tolerance amongst nations as well as different cultures and religions around the world.

The Buddy Bear is the symbol of Germany's capital, Berlin, and it was first created by two German business people Klaus and Eva Herlitz, in cooperation with the Austrian sculptor Roman Strobl in 2001. Ever since 2004, the bears have travelled from country to country, being presented in 26 exhibitions in five continents before arriving in Brazil.

The patrons and organizers of the exhibition in Rio de Janeiro are the Mayor of the city Eduerdo Paes, the German Ministry for the Environment Jürgen Trittin, and the German Counselor in Rio de Janeiro Harald Klein.

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