Arctic polar bear unites Greenpeace, Portishead singer and thousands of followers

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 September 2013

In Pictures: Greenpeace sends a huge marionette polar bear across the streets of London, complete with 20 puppeteers and vocals from Portishead's Beth Gibbons...

A photo of a large marionette polar bear above a crowd in a city
3,000 supporters accompanied a giant polar bear, named Aurora, across London in a demonstration on Sunday against oil and gas drilling in the arctic© Kristian Buus / Greenpeace
A photo of a large marionette polar bear above a crowd in a city
The parade, commissioned by Greenpeace, saw the 41 foot-long, three-tonne polar bear travel along the south side of the River Thames© Kristian Buus / Greenpeace
A photo of a crowd of people some of whom are dressed in all white clothes and paint
The parade passed the London Eye before emitting an epic roar featuring vocals from Beth Gibbons of Portishead© Kristian Buus / Greenpeace
A photo of a huge mechanical polar bear being dismantled in a warehouse workshop
A team of 20 puppeteers including artists from West End hit War Horse helped bring the fully-articulated giant marionette to life© Kristian Buus / Greenpeace
A photo of a huge mechanical polar bear having its parts assembled in a warehouse
Dozens of haulers took it in turns to pull Aurora forward, lumbering with a bear-like curved gait© Kristian Buus / Greenpeace
A photo of a large marionette polar bear coming face to face with a red bus on concrete
Children and adults watched the bear nod her head, move her jaws and twitch her nose© Kristian Buus / Greenpeace


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