Time to bring the blog back to London. A city that went mad for Paddington Bear while I was away in New Zealand.
Paddington is the star of books by Michael Bond, an animated television series on the BBC, and now a movie. For a brief moment last year, he was also the subject of fifty statues in London.
In December 2014 Paddington’s hard stare and “Please look after this Bear” label appeared on statues dressed by artists, designers and celebrities. I only managed to take photos of four statues before they went to a charity auction.
The Chief Scout bear was waiting in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport. Paddington had also gone shopping on Oxford Street, as you can see in the next two photos of Humbug Bear beside House of Fraser and Goldie Bear at Selfridges.
My final bear, and my favourite, stood close to the offices of the children’s charity NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). His outfit was designed by a 13-year-old girl called Maya.
A few days after I took that photo, Maya’s Bear was vandalized. Talk about a soft target. A character from a children’s book, decorated by a child, displayed to raise money for a children’s charity; this statue really should have been better appreciated.
The good news is that the charity auction of bears did go ahead, and according to the Paddington Trail website, raised in the region of £750,000 for the NSPCC.
For more photos of the bears click here for a link to another blogger (London Aspie) who caught them on the move.