A specially commissioned super-puppet polar bear, the size of a London double decker bus and weighing around three tonnes, will be the focal point for the UK leg of Greenpeace International’s day of action to protect the Arctic on Sunday 15th September 2013. The huge bear, which needs 15 puppeteers to operate and 30 volunteers to haul it through the streets of London, will be passing some of the capital’s most iconic buildings and will be followed by thousands of people on foot and by bike.
In a unique collaboration with Greenpeace, Aurora, the three tonne polar bear, has been designed by Christopher Kelly in consultation with leading props designer Simon Costin. The bear is being manufactured by Factory Settings, whose previous work inlude the Paralympic opening ceremony and the London 2012 closing ceremony.