The above bear, named Sparkles, was designed by Frankie from The Saturdays because she's better than you.
Just when I thought public art couldn't get any worse, The Paddington Trail has begun! London is now
making sure you watch the new Paddington Bear movie 'celebrating art, culture and innovation' by hosting 50 celebrity-designed Paddington Bear sculptures, painted and embellished by A-list stars like Kate Moss and Emma Watson, and C-list drug enthusiasts like Ian Botham, Liam Gallagher and Kate Moss.
This is cricketer Ian Botham's design. No word on whether it can expose its genitals to the general public.
The 50 bears have been placed in locations like Selfridges, so that people will
buy stuff experience the conception of Britain’s national treasure (Paddington Bear’s creator, Michael Bond, bought a toy bear from Selfridges which inspired the stories).
Emma Watson's design. Loved by Reddit.
Embracing the bears, and seemingly unaware of Britain’s recent decision to watch migrants drown rather than rescue them, London Mayor Boris Johnson commented, 'London has a fine tradition of welcoming visitors from overseas and Paddington Bear is no exception.'
This one was signed by the England Rugby team. No word on whether it can toss midgets around pubs/expose its genitals to the general public.
The Paddington Bears will raise money for NSPCC, but I question how central this is to the bears’ agenda. They look more like an advert for the new Paddington Bear movie. More questions I have include: Why do celebrities always have to customise things? Why did Frankie from The Saturdays have to be involved with this customising? What connection does Nicole Kidman have to Paddington Bear, isn’t she Australian? Answers welcome.
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