Another bear it’s not too hard to guess the origin of, but I have to say that apart from the flag, I was a bit puzzled about the meaning of its attire. What do you think?
My first associations went to the song “Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves”… But here is what the artist herself says:
Artist: Marilyn Green
“My bears are really furry teddy bears dressed up as sheikhs, playfully wrapped into a Union Jack of the United Kingdom that has been ruffled by the wind. --- During the 20th century the Empire changed into the Commonwealth of Nations, an alliance of mainly independent states. Through its history, but also through its language the UK has brought together a large number of diverse nationalities and cultures and has become more multicultural than most other countries. --- I hope that this humorous playing with symbols contributes to finding a deeper understanding.”
Read more at the United Buddy Bears homepage.