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The Bamse project received a major publicity boost with an invitation to participate in The Animals' War Exhibition
at the Imperial War Museum, London, running from July 2006 to April 2007.
The exhibition showed the many parts played by animals during the First World War and to the present day, and how this changed and developed in the era of modern warfare. For such a special event it was decided to bronze cast the one third scale maquette made by the artist as a working aid.
The guest speaker at the opening was author Jilly Cooper
, whose book Animals in War has sold over 11 million copies in the UK and translated into 14 different languages.
'When I wrote my book, Animals in War, Bamse, the glorious Norwegian St Bernard dog, was easily one of the most charming, courageous, enterprising and charismatic characters in the story of World War two. I am enchanted that he is honoured by this wonderful sculpture and I am sure if you hear a rumble of thunder and see the clouds move as it is unveiled it will be Bamse barking with joy and wagging his tail in heaven'