A giant polar bear will be carved out of ice on Thursday 31 March in Piccadilly Gardens in city centre Manchester. London based Ice sculptor Mark Coreth and his team of three sculptors will spend six hours carving a four metre long, 2.2 metre high, 10 tonne block of ice into the shape of a life-size polar bear to celebrate the launch of The Manchester Museum’s new Living Worlds gallery which opens on 14 April 2011.
The exhibit, commissioned by The Manchester Museum, will be located at the southern end of the gardens facing Oldham Street. It will take anything from five days to completely melt away (depending on temperatures) and will reveal an artist’s impression of a polar bear skeleton sculpted in bronze.
This is the fifth polar bear the Ice Bear Project has created and the first outside London. Previously they have been featured in London’s Trafalgar Square in December 2009, Copenhagen and three cities in Canada – Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. The artist also plans to create a sculpture outside the Sydney Opera House this summer.