Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer has just launched the BBC documentary series Frozen Planet II by unveiling a collection of ice sculptures in London.
Twelve four-foot-tall statues of emperor penguins and polar bears have been installed on the steps of the Royal Albert Hall as it hosts a special Earth Prom on Saturday.
Organizers hope that as they slowly melt the sculptures will serve as a reminder of the impact of global warming on “our icy world” and the challenges that ” cast of heroic animals” face.
The sculptures are created by an eco-friendly company that focuses on sustainable practices.
Jonny Keeling, head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, said: “I’m delighted to see Frozen Planet II arrive at the Royal Albert Hall with these amazing penguin and polar bear ice sculptures for the whole family to enjoy. family enjoy while being reminded of the challenges these animals face in the extreme frozen world. “
Television naturalist Chris Packham will present the gala special, which explores the work of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, which broadcasts the earliest adventures of Sir David Attenborough.
Performances include work by Zimmer and fellow composer George Fenton as well as music from around the world as well as the sounds of nature and words.
A 5-minute preview of Frozen Plant II will also be shown, accompanied by live music by Zimmer and Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora, who performs the series’ soundtrack.
“Our world and environment has always been a matter of heart to me,” she said.
“I believe that communicating her beauty and importance through art, music and film is what moves us most. It shows us what’s worth saving, it stirs up our natural instincts.
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“To be a part of this incredible project, to work with such amazing people, is an absolute honor. I can’t wait for the world to see the world through her own eyes.
“Captured with patience and respect, and made with love.”
Frozen Planet II premieres on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday 11 September at 8pm.
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