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Doha Hamad Airport’s Teddy Bear

Hamad Airport, also known as Doha Airport and NDIA (New Doha International Airport), is the main international airport of Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

Strategically situated just a 6-hour flight from 80% of the world’s population, Hamad International Airport is an entry point to discover Qatar and a preferred transfer hub to the world. The multi-dimensional lifestyle offerings and passenger-empowering technologies at HIA make it the airport-of-choice for global travellers.

Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) is one of the best airports in the world. That’s especially true with the recent expansion, which included The Orchard, the airport’s new indoor tropical garden.

Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer takes centre stage in the grand foyer leading to HIA's world-class duty-free hall. It is a 23-foot canary yellow teddy bear sculpted from bronze, that sits peacefully inside a lamp. It's a playful piece that humanises the space around it and reminds travellers of childhood or precious objects from home.

In Lamp Bear, Swiss artist Urs Fischer combines memory with scale, creating simultaneously a monument and a vision. Scale defines our experience with art and particularly with sculpture. The scale doesn't necessarily mean smaller or bigger. It means placing the viewer in a different relation to the reality he or she is familiar with. Memory is not just the past but a way to reimagine our lives.

Lamp Bear welcomes guests at Doha's airport and celebrates the idea of travel, just as the artist celebrates travelling back in time to the symbols of childhood - a place we have all been to and where, once in a while, we like to go back.

A member of the Qatar royal family purchased this in 2011 at an auction at Christie’s New York, for the sum of $6.8 million. When the country’s new airport opened in 2014, that’s where it was placed.

Only three of these sculptures were ever created, with the other two being privately owned. If the sculpture looks familiar, a blue version of the bear (known as “Blueno”) was on display at Brown University from 2016 to 2020.



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