Italian Marble Holiday Tree Ornament. "Bernard the WTC Bear." Former Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni proclaimed in Vanity Fair Italia that this was his favorite image from the collection. Polished Botticino marble features "Bernard the WTC Bear" sitting on a Jersey Barrier in the Winter of 2002. Bernard became a mascot and angel that was propped up whenever workers would dig for the missing. The story of Bernard has also been used as a gentle segue to introduce children to a very tough subject matter. This Iconic muddy teddy bear was found in the rubble by Official Ground Zero Photographer Gary Marlon Suson.