Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Hardcore teddy banned from bear parade
Reuters ^ | 05/24/05 | Staff

Posted on 05/25/2005 6:25:00 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher

ZURICH (Reuters) - A giant dominatrix teddy bear wearing a leather mask and brandishing hand-cuffs has been banned from sober Zurich's street display of man-sized model bears, the project's artistic director said Tuesday.

While tourists pose for snaps next to a brightly-painted and benign array of models such as the "schoolteacher bear" and the "skier bear," "Baervers" -- a pun on the German for perverse -- has been deemed too steamy for the financial capital's streets.

"This bear is perverse, dominatrix and hardcore. We had to ban it because of the children," Beat Seeberger-Quin, the project's art director, told Reuters.

The offending bear, which sports bright red lipstick, a corset and thigh-length leather boots, stands atop a pedestal bearing the words "first class service."

Some 600 teddies, variously decorated by artists, stud the streets of Zurich and its airport in the "Teddy-Summer" project.

The controversial model had been allocated a place near Zurich's Paradeplatz, home to Switzerland's top banks such as Credit Suisse and UBS, before Seeberger-Quin spotted the final design and decided to ban it.

The dominatrix bear's creators now seek a private home for their sadomasochist teddy. At least "Baervers" will not face the same hazards as his publicly-displayed peers, some of which have been vandalized or even kidnapped.

"Two or three of the bears have been splashed with paint, and one bear -- a nice small bear wearing a little dress -- has been stolen," Seeberger-Quin said.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dombear
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-207 last
To: Allegra

"And then they came for the bears, but I wasn't a bear so I did nothing..."


201 posted on 05/25/2005 2:06:49 PM PDT by humblegunner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 85 | View Replies]

To: shaggy eel

Arte who?


202 posted on 05/25/2005 2:58:43 PM PDT by concordKIWI
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 200 | View Replies]

To: concordKIWI

,,, Art - a guy with no arms and no legs, hanging on the wall.


203 posted on 05/25/2005 3:03:06 PM PDT by shaggy eel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 202 | View Replies]

To: shaggy eel

its a mystery!


204 posted on 05/25/2005 3:15:31 PM PDT by pissant (headache gone!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 197 | View Replies]

To: shaggy eel

Now that's art!


205 posted on 05/25/2005 3:32:28 PM PDT by concordKIWI
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 203 | View Replies]

To: humblegunner

LOL!!!

Must protect the bears!


206 posted on 05/25/2005 7:58:44 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 201 | View Replies]

To: MamaTexan
(And please DON'T do whatever Bertha would do!!!! I might NEVER get them back on the plane )

Oh, it was wonderful. I had some jars I couldn't open the lids on, some plumbing work to be done under the sink, a creaky floorboard and my assigned vehicle was making a funny noise - they fixed it all!

They're welcome back any time. ;-)

207 posted on 05/25/2005 8:12:55 PM PDT by Allegra (The Green Zone....It's a Blast.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 161 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-207 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson