Environmental company Veolia has joined forces with New West End Company and Westminster City Council to deliver a life-size luminescent polar bear which has been made by Creative Industries students at Kingston School of Art.
The Giving Bear, situated in Mount Street Gardens, Westminster over the festive period, the installation is meant to provoke thought on two key topics:
- The impact of waste plastic.
- Those in need of extra help at this time of year.
Climate change and homelessness are two very real and ever more pressing issues that London, and the world, face today. Using over 3000 plastic milk bottles, the students created the polar bear which tells a story of vulnerability and strength, of the environment and of struggles closer to home, such as homelessness. The bear has lost his home due to climate change, and is rendered homeless in Mount Street Gardens. However, he witnesses and is the recipient of acts of kindness.
Visitors can use a donation point beside the bear to give £3 to the Hidden Network, which is a group of charitable organisations who work to end homelessness in Westminster.
You can visit The Giving Bear until 6 January 2020.