While you are out and about in this fabulous city of ours, take the family into the National Gallery of Victoria. On entering, you will be greeted by a family of multi-coloured bears frolicking in the forecourt. Don't be concerned about having difficulty finding them - they're really noticeable.
No, they're not having a picnic: they are dancing and posing, flying and playing and even bear-napping with some, seemingly deep in thought. Some are blue, some orange and some pink. Others are red and purple but they are all vividly coloured and "kinda cute..", especially the cheeky orange ballerina bear.
The large red bear lying on its back with a hand covering its eyes is titled Don't change my name please while the pink one with legs in the air is No more diapers. The little blue baby bear clinging to the side of its mother, made as a tribute to the artist's son, is named Zizi. Made from urethane foam and covered in neon coloured turkey feathers, they are an adjunct to the exhibition Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court currently showing.
The polar bears are by Italian artist, Paola Pivi who, athough born in Milan lived in Alaska where she developed a deep concern for the future welfare of polar bears. Her abiding concern for the vulnerability of nature is apparent in her conveyed expressions in this family of playful bears. The kids will adore this display so hurry on down to the National Gallery as it only runs until 31st August. Oh..and it's FREE.