Friday, 21 December 2012

Friday 21 December – Animal Bears

Polen

Poland

Location of  Poland  (dark green)– in Europe  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  —  [Legend]

Artist: Ela Wozniewska

“The bear sculpture painted by me stand for the richness of Polish myths, legends and symbols. With contrasting colours and forms reflecting the spectre of Polish folk history I created a "landscape" inviting the observer to linger in a romantic, playful way.”

 

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Philippines

Artist: Pierre F. Patricio

“The Philippine Eagle - The King of Heavens

In the forests of Davao, Philippines, every single little creature fears the world's largest eagle. Like the American eagle, the Philippines eagle is a national symbol of the Philippines' rich and tropical heritage. No wonder that this monkey-eating eagle will soon to be extinct. On the list of countries with the highest number of endangered birds, the Philippines ranks sixth. Under global threat of extinction are 75 Philippine birds, which 59 of these are not found elsewhere in the planet. The Philippine eagle belongs to one of these. It's estimated population is only about 19. It can grow 91 cm tall and its wings 200 cm wide. This eagle can weigh 6,5 kg and can live up to sixty years. This giant raptor eats small monkeys, especially the world's smallest monkey (Tarsier, 10 cm). A pair of eagles can have a territory of 100 sq.km. The reasons for the decline of this creature is the deforestation in the country. According to theories, the entire forest kingdom of this developing nation might be wiped out in 2050. The economy of the Philippines depends on light industry and the demand of wood of its trading partners Japan and USA is very high.”

 

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Namibia

Artist: Gizz Farrell

To me Namibia is a unique and fascinating country, simply out of this World?

The combination of the desert and the drought, and yet the incredible variety of fauna and flora, combined with tranquillity ......... this gives me zest for life!

I don`t however only want to portray the beautiful side of this land, but also emphasise certain problems, such as aids and the extinction of animals and plant life. Past traditions on how to care for and live with nature have long been forgotten! All this is detrimental to our earth ....... and why? Only through the egoistic desires of humans!!

I hope that every single persons that visits Namibia will make this decision, to take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints!?

Save the Bushman, Save the Rhino, Save the World !

 

Guinea

 Guinea

Artist: Nana Kaba

(not the same bear as on the BB homepage)

Guinea is the world's second largest producer of bauxite (an  aluminium ore), and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold. But the issue of human rights in the country remains controversial and the literacy rate of Guinea is one of the lowest in the world (Wikipedia)

 

5 comments:

  1. What are they going to do with all these bears? A charity auction would be good and keep several committees harmlessly employed for months.

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  2. The bears are a travelling exhibition, Adrian. In January they will move on to some other city in the world. Only one will be staying - the big one that was painted in front of public here. That will be placed at the town's tourist office.

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  3. the Phillipines is my pick for today... lots of talent showing in these with all the details.

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  4. i had no idea abut the eagle and the Philippianes!! But of course my favorite has to be the owl one!!

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  5. I like the Philippines bear (who wouldn't) and the sentiments for the Namibian one are to be echoed. Again I have learned something.

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