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Big Bears Descend on Warsaw
May 14, 2008   
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United Buddy Bears, a spectacular exhibition that has been visited by 17 million people around the world so far, is now in Warsaw.

The exhibition features 142 colorful, two-meter-tall fiberglass bear sculptures, of which 138 represent countries recognized by the United Nations, and the remaining four are called Special Bears: the Einstein Bear (Einstein once said "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding"), the Global Ethic Bear and Golden Rule Bear (symbolizing that no one can live on their own and that our behavior to others has consequences), and the Respect For All Life Bear. The bears are standing side by side on the city's Zamkowy Square, around Sigismund's Column, as a symbol of tolerance, peaceful coexistence and international understanding.

The bears were designed and first displayed in Berlin in 2002. Since then they have been on a global tour; Poland is the 10th country to have been visited by the bears.

The Warsaw exhibition was opened at Zamkowy Square May 10 by Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz and her Berlin counterpart Klaus Wowereit, and Eva and Klaus Herlitz, the project's initiators.

The exhibition will stay in Warsaw until June 22. Then it will go to Stuttgart, Germany, and Paris.

The logistic partner of the exhibition is Schenker, a global logistics operator that transported the bears to Warsaw and set them up here. The Voice is a media patron of the event.

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