Portishead roars for Greenpeace

by Cassady Craighill

September 11, 2013

Aurora, the double-decker-bus-size polar bear puppet specially commissioned by Greenpeace to lead an Arctic-inspired street parade to the London HQ of oil giant Shell on 15 September. The three-tonne marionette bear will be operated from the inside by a team of 15 puppeteers, including artists from West End blockbuster War Horse, and will be hauled on ropes by 30 volunteers along a route including the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge. As well as having the animals characteristic curved gait, the 41-foot long puppet is fully articulated and can move her head and jaws, while the fabric-covered sides billow, creating a breathing-like motion.

© Kristian Buus / Greenpeace

PortisheadBeth Gibbons, lead singer of British band Portishead, is lending something invaluable to Greenpeace. Her voice.

The singer recorded a roar for Greenpeace’s giant polar bear which is going on a debut protest march in London this weekend. The bear, named Aurora, is the size of a double-decker bus. In addition to Gibbons’ roar, the bear will play other sounds from its sound system including Arctic wildlife.

Aurora Giant Polar Bear with London Bus

Aurora’s march through central London will be part of a global day of action including a global bike ride to mark the upcoming sea ice minimum reports which will surely sound the alarm on Arctic sea ice melt.

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Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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