• Posted:Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Bear's in Squares comes to Paris

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Bear's in Squares comes to Paris
If you're planning to book a hostel in Paris any time soon, it might be an idea to wait a while until Bears in Squares appears in the city, particularly if art is of interest to you.

The initiative is currently doing the rounds of other cities, like London and Copenhagen and from what I can see, it all looks very cool - literally! It's the brainchild of sculptor Mark Coreth, who hails from England - or so Tree Hugger tells me - and involves a life-size sculpture of a polar bear, made entirely of ice, sitting in one of the squares in the city.

If you're in London right now, it might be fun to check out the effigy in Trafalgar Square before it melts. It'll be there for the next week and is intended to be a commentary on the disappearance of the polar ice caps.

The Bears in Squares are being produced in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund and comprise a bronze skeleton, which has been sunk into water at -25 degrees C to enclose it in a massive block of ice. Apparently, they stand at 1.8 m, which is the same height as the thickness of ice in the Arctic and, according to scientists, anything that is less than two metres thick is probably too thin to outlast the summer months.

If you're not in London right now, don't despair. There's also a bear in Copenhagen and the creators of this exhibit plan to bring it to Paris, Berlin, Oslo and Rome, among other cities.

Mark Coreth himself was born in 1958 and spent his formative years in Kenya. Surprisingly, the man has had no prescriptive training in art but has taught himself his craft.

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