Buddy Bear coming to Charlotte

Charlotte is the only American city to receive a Buddy Bear sculpture which is the symbol of a public art movement. The Buddy Bear project started in Berlin and from there on, “traveled” around the world.

For Charlotte this is a great honor, hence there is no other one in the US. The Buddy Bear will be installed in front of the main branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. It is a six foot tall, fiberglass statue which is supposed to reward Charlotte’s cultural as well as economic ties to Germany. Especially notable is that Mecklenburg County and Charlotte were originally named after Queen Charlotte from Meckleburg Stewitz in Germany.

Circle Bebelplatz, Berlin

Moreover, the designer, Sharon Dowell, used essentially the queen as a feature for her creation of the Buddy Bear. She also incorporated the state flower of North Carolina, namely the dogwood flowers.

Starting in March Dowell will fly to Berlin to paint the sculpture which after that will make its journey to Uptown, Charlotte. In just a few months, the Buddy Bear will stand tall in front of the library and, hopefully, it will make people think about the Charlotte’s ties to Germany.

The German honorary consul Kurt Waldthausen led the efforts to bring the bear to Charlotte. This project was also sponsored by the Alemannia Society, the German Saturday School, the German American Chamber of Commerce and the Language and Culture Foundation.

Best regards
und viele Grüße aus Charlotte
Reinhard von Hennigs