SOURCE: Posten Norge AS

December 03, 2009 08:11 ET

Ice Bear on its way to Copenhagen

OSLO, NORWAY--(Marketwire - December 3, 2009) -

(Copenhagen 3.12 2009) An 11-tonne block of ice containing a bronze polar bear skeleton is on its way to Copenhagen. This will be turned into an ice bear sculpture which will melt while the COP 15 negotiations are being held.

A puddle of water and a polar bear skeleton will be all that remains at Kongens Nytorv in the centre of the city, acting as a reminder of the climate challenges facing us.

At 7am on Friday morning, a Bring Frigoscandia refrigerated vehicle containing this ice-cold cargo will arrive at Kongens Nytorv, where the ice bear will be part of the WWF stand.

At 12 noon that same day, Mark Coreth, an environmentally aware artist, will start the work of turning the large block of ice containing a polar bear skeleton into a full-scale sculpture of a polar bear.

"The sculpture will clearly put the spotlight on the environmental challenges facing us. I hope that as many people as possible come to see it and that they all touch it. In that way, they will become sculptors and help it to melt. This act will be a strong symbol of how human beings are affecting the climate," says Mark Coreth, who took the initiative to start the project.

On 11 December, a similar ice bear will be put on display in Trafalgar Square in London.

The Ice Bear Project has been established by English artist Mark Coreth. He got the idea for the project after he saw the consequences of climate change in the Arctic during a journey to Baffin Island.

Bringing the ice bear to Denmark

Bring Frigoscandia is using advanced freezing and refrigeration technology to transport the ice and skeleton to Copenhagen. Bring is also sponsoring the project.

"It's not every day we transport a polar bear skeleton frozen into 11 tonnes of ice. We're proud to be able to contribute our knowledge and funds to this project," says Lard Adgård the CEO of Bring Frigoscandia.

The Copenhagen Ice Bear will be exhibited at ground level so that anyone visiting Kongens Nytorv can reach out and touch this iconic symbol of the Arctic. Set within ice underneath the bear will be three plaques of scientifically approved information concerning the deterioration of the Arctic sea ice.

More information on the project:

For further information
Kjell S. Rakkenes, vice president press and media relations - Bring,
tel  +47 905 52 956
Sacha Dench, The Ice Bear Project/Geo Ventures, tel: +44 7768 406 416

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