Sydney Ice Bear for World Environment Day 2011
Friday 3 June: The Sydney Ice Bear has just been carved on Customs House Square, Sydney and is now melting! Invited by the Australian Purves Environmental Fund, carvers Mark Coreth and Duncan Hamilton from the UK have been assisted by ice sculptors from Japan to make this a truly international event in service of the environment.
"I am SO excited and pleased that the Ice Bear message will have travelled to the other side of the world from where it was conceived...It was born from a need to sculpt the problems of a warming Arctic and to spread that message as far as is possible" said Mark Coreth. "The speed of the melt here will depend on a number of factors... temperature, wind, rain, and people! At a guess there will be the bare bones or bear bones after 3 or 4 days... lets see BUT here again is a message from the bear... the scientists do not know how quickly we are changing as I can only guess over the Ice Bear!"
You can track its progress on the web stream created by the Sydney Morning Herald either here or on www.sydneyicebear.com. The Ice Bear has been brought to Sydney by the Purves Environmental Fund alongside partners WWF, One Million Women and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. It is in celebration of World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June. How much of it is left by then depends on our unpredictable climate!
See www.facebook.com/sydneyicebear for the viral video clip courtesy of National Geographic Channel about Sydney Ice Bear.
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