The Story Behind the Teddy Bear at Hamad Airport, Doha Qatar

  • Publish date: Saturday، 26 November 2022
The Story Behind the Teddy Bear at Hamad Airport, Doha Qatar
Related articles
Learn About 10 Unique Artworks in Qatar
Free Waiting Areas for Departing Passengers During the World Cup
Qatar Museums to Add More Than 40 Pieces of Public Art

Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer takes center stage in the grand foyer leading to HIA’s world-class duty-free hall. It is called the Lamp Bear!

The Story Behind the Teddy Bear at Hamad Airport, Doha Qatar

It is a 23-foot yellow fluffy (not really) teddy bear sculpted from bronze. It sits inside a lamp. It’s a playful piece that humanizes the space around it and reminds travelers of childhood or precious objects from home.

The Story Behind the Teddy Bear at Hamad Airport, Doha Qatar

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. 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 traveling 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.

The yellow bear and its lamp are both playful and impressive: The coming of age of a simple toy into a full-grown artwork.

The iconic piece is located at the South Node of the terminal, just after departures security and passport control.