Arctic

The globe is cooling, the newspaper biz is booming and the Great Recession was over the year it started: History explained by the Daily Mail

Posted by bens — 9 September 2013 at 6:25pm - Comments
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David Rose has penned an article in the Mail on Sunday about the Arctic sea ice, and it’s buzzing around the denial-o-sphere like a bumble bee on crystal meth. The thrust of his piece is that the ice is more abundant this summer than the record low of last year (as the vast majority of scientists predicted) and that climate change can therefore be declared bogus.

Building the world's largest polar bear - Part Four

Posted by Chris Kelly — 9 September 2013 at 12:38pm - Comments
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As designer and creative director on Aurora I have seen her grow from my initial rough sketch in to a fantastical giant. Working on such a unique project allows for great freedom in designing and creating.

Building the world's largest polar bear part 3

Posted by Lucien Mansell — 5 September 2013 at 5:34pm - Comments
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Lucien and Aurora

Lucien is the director at Factory Settings, a scenic construction company, based in East London.

For us at Factory Settings, constructing strange imaginings is our stock-in-trade. Unfortunately, most of the more outlandish enquiries never get to the production stage. It's an all-too familiar conversation these days when we get a call, for example, asking "Can you make us several dinosaurs to be installed around London?"  

Building the world's largest polar bear - Part Two

Posted by Hannah Davey — 3 September 2013 at 7:06pm - Comments
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Me with Aurora the giant polar bear

When we commissioned the work for Aurora, the world’s biggest polar bear, the Shard had never been climbed. The 6 women who then climbed it on 11 July had not yet inspired thousands of people through their epic ice climb to save the Arctic. Greenpeace hadn’t yet said: what will you do?

In pictures: building the world's largest polar bear

Posted by Fran G — 3 September 2013 at 6:38pm - Comments
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Aurora design specification © Christopher Kelly

On 15 September we will haul a giant people-powered polar bear through central London. Aurora is part protest, part performance - all Arctic. She is a giant super-puppet - the size of a double decker bus - and her fur carries the names of each and every member of the movement to save the Arctic.

See her transformation over the past couple of months from a design into a giant marionette.

Downloadable DIY funkits to get ready for Aurora's parade

Posted by Fran G — 2 September 2013 at 2:36pm - Comments
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Dressing up idea: wear white - and draw paw pads and noses on white gloves and dust masks

Get ready for #Iceride, the global protest against Arctic destruction! Download all your fun accessories here to get you looking great for Aurora's parade on 15 September or on one of the other events on the day. There are Arctic animal masks, stencil kits, and facepainting guides. Click on the image to get the downloadable pdf. Have fun!

Building the world's largest polar bear - Part One

Posted by Louise Alexander — 27 August 2013 at 7:06pm - Comments
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Constructing Aurora

Louise Alexander is a multi-skilled actor with a keen interest in puppetry. She works part-time at Puppet Centre as their administrator and is also the director of her own company, LAMA Creative, which undertakes digital design and theatre making.

It’s not every day the opportunity to help create a giant polar bear puppet the size of a double decker bus comes along. For an actor, theatre maker and wannabe puppeteer this is pretty irresistible stuff. But that’s not what’s at the heart of Aurora; that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

The Arctic nightmare Russian authorities don’t want you to see

Posted by Christy Ferguson — 24 August 2013 at 7:00am - Comments
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We're going in.

I’m on board the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, about to cross into an area of the Arctic that Russian authorities don’t want us to see. They’ve contravened international law by denying our ship access to an important sea route and tried to shut us out - tried to shut you out. But with the world watching and millions of Arctic Defenders at our sides, we are defying the Russian authorities, claiming our rights to bear witness and to protest, and entering the Kara Sea.

Of Shell, spill plans and sea ice

Posted by ben — 8 August 2013 at 7:12pm - Comments
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Leading polar bear expert Dr. Ian Stirling said this bear, found in Svalbard, died of starvation due to a lack of sea ice from which to hunt. In the last 30 years, 75% of Arctic sea ice has disappeared.

It's pretty safe to say that the Arctic is under pressure like never before. Climate change is warming it faster than any other part of our planet. Sea ice is shrinking. The way of life of Indigenous Peoples is seriously threatened and animal habitats are vanishing. Oil companies eye a polar bonanza while hulking fishing fleets are edging ever northwards.

Video: how to climb the tallest building in western Europe

Posted by victoriah — 24 July 2013 at 6:08pm - Comments

Since the six of us climbed the Shard, many people have asked: how did we do it? How much training did it take? How did we go to the toilet?

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