01.09.10 – Helsinki Senate Square is probably one of Helsinki’s greatest tourist attractions and also the site for various art happenings like concerts, events and attractions. Starting today and for most of the month of September, the square will be hosting United Buddy Bears – The Art of Tolerance. I had to look this up so it’s best I just post what I found
The United Buddy Bears are an international art exhibition with more than 140 two metre tall fibreglass bears. Under the motto: We have to get to know each other better, it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more, and live together more peacefully more than 140 countries acknowledged by the United Nations are represented, promoting tolerance, international understanding and the great concept of different nations and cultures living in peace and harmony. The bears stand hand in hand in a peaceful circle.
The exhibition is organized by the German Embassy, Buddy Bär Berlin GmbH and Goethe -Institut Finnland Helsinki and with the support of DB Schenker. Each bear has been painted by an artist from the country it represents. Finland’s bear was painted by artist Mirka Raito.