Friday 4 September 2009

The Ice Bear Project

Sadly the summer holidays are over and all the children went back to school yesterday. It does mean that I can return to working properly, and to blogging in a slightly more regular fashion! It was my birthday last week, and I got this fabulous set of watercolours as a gift from my father. They are beautiful quality, and after a week of gazing at them in their pristine unwrapped state, I am looking forward to breaking them open on Monday morning, and setting to work! Is that sad, to be feeling excited about new paints? I can't wait to get to work again!

In the meantime, I want to show you a film, and direct you to a really amazing project, that a friend of mine, William Todd Jones, is behind. It is called the Ice Bear Project, and is finally coming to fruition. It's aim is to create a powerful environmental message about the need to halt climate change, in a way that connects with as many people as possible. The sculptor, Mark Coreth, has created a life size sculpture of a Polar Bear, out of ice. As the ice bear melts, it leaves a skeleton, and a stark warning about the results of doing nothing to prevent climate change. This is a truly beautiful, and emotive piece of artwork!
The first Ice Bear arrives in Trafalgar Square, London in December this year, but the team aim to raise funds and repeat this in cities around the world.


Jess said...

Hi Danielle, I've got to tell you, that box of new paints looks like a lovely box of chocolates to me! I would be VERY excited if it were mine :) The ice bear's going to be stunning, thanks for telling us about it.x

Alison said...

What a lovely painting box! I don't think it is sad to be excited by that - it seems like a perfect gift for you. I always feel like the start of the school year is really the beginning of the year, and "school/art supplies" make me feel happy.

Terra said...

That is a great Ice Bear project, and I hope it comes to California too.
Your new paints do look lovely, like a box of chocolates only much more healthy than the sweets.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday for the other day! :)
I get abit excited about new paints too!
I'm looking forward to seeing this Ice Bear. I had already heard from somewhere else? But thanks for reminding me.

Anonymous said...

Hope you don't mind, I'm snagging pretty much your entire post with credit and a link of course for my blog and facebook and emails to friends.

Thank you for this.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I drool over paints. And pens and brushes and paper and all kinds of things of like nature. ;-)

Carol Anne Strange said...

A belated Happy Birthday, Danielle! Summer seems to be over all too soon, what little we have had, but autumn is such a wonderful creative time. And, oh yes, it is good to be excited about your new paints, and the promise of new work to come!

Thanks for sharing the film. It sounds like it will be a powerful and moving project, and I'll look forward to hearing more.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Much love and magic. xx

Yarrow said...

I get very excited when I buy new paint and it has to be a consolation prize for when the children go back to school. I miss mine so much, but like you, it does mean that I can get back to work, which has become such a consuming passion this year :)

I look forward to the ice bear project, it sounds amazing!


Danielle Barlow said...

Thankyou everyone - I'm glad I'm not alone in my paint box passion!

Beweaver - that's quite ok as far as the ice bear post is concerned. The more people it reaches, the better!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Happy belated birthday Danielle! What a wonderful present from your Father-I'd be excited too!

The video is great. I had never heard of it.

Linda said...

Happy Birthday, a bit late I know, What a wonderful present too. Pristine paints just like a new book full of uncreased pages, just wonderful.
Great Project Ice Bear, I'll pop a link on my blog too, brilliant idea. Lindax

Ruthie Redden said...

I love this idea, i just blogged about the ice bear project too, wonderful. i also came across another ice idea, "the ice men" done by the world wildlife folks, & Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo . she carved figures out of ice and placed them on steps in the central Gendarmenmarkt square where they began to melt. It was to draw attention to melting ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica. *ruthie*


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