December 6 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
Thousands of people marched through London alongside a giant model polar bear as part of a Greenpeace protest.
The environmental action group paraded the marionette, which is the size of a double decker bus, past the Houses of Parliament and the Shell headquarters in protest against the oil company’s plans to drill in the Arctic.
Aurora, a 41-foot long and 16-foot tall polar bear puppet specially commissioned for the event as a manifestation of the movement to save the Arctic, was controlled by a team of 15 puppeteers, including artists who worked on West End blockbuster War Horse.
As well as having a bear’s characteristic curved gait, the three-tonne puppet is fully articulated and can move her head and jaws, while the fabric-covered sides billow in the wind, creating a breathing-like motion.
Yesterday’s event was run in conjunction with protests in cities including Bangkok, Toronto and Mexico City.