On Monday the 12th of December, a lot of people were present and eager to help install the bear. But ten people aren’t needed to build a plinth. The cold was one thing but standing there all day was worse. I helped secure the bear and cover the remaining areas in chicken wire and plastic. Kingston receiving ‘special thanks’, as if we hadn’t spent the last few months creating the entire project, was infuriating but not surprising.
Out of all the projects I did, this one taught me the most. I don’t know how accurate of a representation it is of the industry, but it is the best insight I have had yet. I learnt the most in regards to how a client works and how to work with them. That includes the timeline and evolution of a project but also discussions with the client, negotiating, asserting yourself and occasionally swallowing your pride by making concessions or not speaking up about things.
Secret London – London’s Lovely New Illuminated Polar Bear Is Made Out Of Recycled Plastic
Time Out – This giant glowing polar bear is raising money for the homeless in London
Veolia – The Giving Bear installation inspires change in London
N-Eight – Eco-Art at Christmas: The Giving Bear
Evening Standard – Plastic ‘milk-bottle’ polar bear captures the imagination in Westminster highlighting issues around climate change and homelessness
Voice of London – An eco-friendly Christmas in London
London Live – A life-size light-up polar bear has popped up in Mount Street Gardens
London Post – The Giving Bear installation inspires change in London
FM – Inspiring change in London this Christmas
British Plastics and Rubber Magazine – Life-size light sculpture made from reused plastic bottles inspires change in London
European Plastic Product Manufacturer – Polar bear sculpture made from reused plastic bottles inspires change in London