The United Buddy Bears are an international art exhibition with more than 140 two meter tall fiberglass bears.
Its global tour has just reached Malaysia and is currently on display at Pavilion KL until 15 February 2012.
Under the motto: We have to get to know each other better, it makes us understand one another better, trust each other and live together more peacefully.
Under this motto, the United Buddy Bears promote living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. About 143 Buddy Bears represent as many countries recognised by the UN. Since the first exhibition in Berlin in 2002, more than 25 million visitors world wide have been able to admire the United Buddy Bears.
The Buddy Bears stand together "hand in hand", symbolising the future vision of a peaceful world. Each bear stands for the people of the different countries and their culture, yet not for political system.
Each Buddy Bears shows the individual design created by different artists on behalf of their native countries. The international artists' different styles are joined together in one work of art, spreading zest of life. The diverse design of the Buddy Bears-always typical for the respective countries-enables the visitors to experience a journey around the globe.
The bears are set up in alphabetical order. It is a good way to explore and learn about the culture, history, landscape, economy and music of each individual countries.
For the record, this is the Buddy Bears from Malaysia which can be found somewhere around the water fountain. Inspired by Malaysia's rich culture, the brightly coloured bear has elements of the main races, culture, flora and fauna as well as famous landmarks. The Malaysia Bear was designed and painted by Malaysian artist, Imuda.