Friday, February 10, 2012

United Buddy Bears - The Irish Bear

The Irish Bear is also quite straightforward - it is designed to resemble a leprechaun smoking a pipe.

The Irish Bear is all clad in green, the iconic color of Ireland and St. Patrick.

The artist that worked on the bear was Shaun Patrick Dolan (what a super Irish name). I did not manage to find out more about this artist, he probably was not a famous or professional artist; maybe just some Irish bloke who was asked to paint the bear.

On the right side of the leprechaun bear's pants are shamrock motifs, one of the symbols of Ireland. There's also another shamrock on the left side of the bear's chest.

There's a large Celtic Cross on the back of the bear. The Celtic Catholic Cross was introduced to Ireland by either St. Patrick or St. Declan during the time they were converting the pagan Irish.

United Buddy Bears exhibition will continue until the middle of February at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, so be sure to check these bears out if you haven't. Next post I will feature another bear representing another country so stay tuned!

For other posts in this series, check out the following:

United Buddy Bears - The Malaysian Bear
United Buddy Bears - The American Bear

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