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With as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild - the lowest number since records began, Bringing the Bones to Life is part of WWF's Year of the Tiger campaign, which aims to help double tiger numbers by 2022 - the next Chinese Year of the Tiger, and takes place ahead of the first ever Global Tiger Summit, due to be held in Russia later this year. WWF is calling on people to sign a petition to show their support for action to save the tiger, which will be presented to negotiators at the summit in St Petersberg.

Last year Coreth and his team carved a polar ice bear in Trafalgar Square which melted to reveal a dramatic bronze skeleton, symbolising threats to the species from the impact of climate change. Bringing the Bones to Life is a continuation of his dedication to using sculpture to raise awareness of the natural world.

Born in London in 1958, Mark developed a passion for wildlife and conservation during his childhood - much of which was spent in Kenya surrounded by Colobus monkeys, leopards and cheetahs.

I had always wanted to witness the tiger in its wild habitat so I travelled to Bandhavgarh and Kanha in India where I learnt far more than I ever expected to. This sculpture is ultimately the result of that trip. I am not just sculpting a Tiger but an issue, namely the plight of that majestic and iconic beast and drawing the public's attention to the importance of saving the world's endangered species and their habitats. Sculpture is a powerful language and the threat to the Tiger is a tale that needs to be told." Mark Coreth

"Mark Coreth's sculptures are a positive way of telling the story of a species in decline. Bringing the Bones to Life is a really exciting chance to get the public involved in our work," said Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns at WWF-UK. "With tiger numbers having hit an all time low, the need to save wild tigers is greater than ever before. And by working to protect tiger habitat, our campaign will not only help ensure the future of one of the world's most iconic animals, it will also benefit the other species and people who share their environment"

From 6-10th September, Coreth will invite members of the public to help create the lifesize tiger by adding materials to its skeleton and molding its body to produce a dramatic sculpture that will stand and stare at passers-by. People can also watch the tiger grow online through a live webcam. Bringing the Bones to Life will then remain on display on the Southbank until 19th September 2010.

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Editor's notes

Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns, WWF-UK, Mark Coreth, and Toby Sherbourne, Project Manager, Ice Bear Project Co-ordinator are all available for interview.

To sign up to WWF's Tiger petition please go to :
www.wwf.org.uk/how_you_can_help/donate_now/save_the_tiger/

WWF is working with governments from all 13 countries, alongside other NGOs and the World Bank to draw up national action plans which will be combined to create the global conservation programme.

For information on tigers please go to www.wwf.org.uk/tigers

For further information and images on Bringing the Bones to Life, please contact:
Rowan Walker, Press Officer - WWF -UK, Tel 01483 412 387 email: rwalker@wwf.org.uk

Mayor's Thames Festival: 11th and 12th September 2010, 12pm-10pm

The Mayor's Thames Festival (www.thamesfestival.org<http://www.thamesfestival.org/>) is London's largest free arts festival. A spectacular, free celebration of London and its river, the festival takes place every September with a packed weekend of outdoor events on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from the London Eye to Tower Bridge and beyond.

The festival commissions new work, and transforms unusual spaces on and around the River Thames with a vivid mixture of music, dance, feasting, carnival, river races, art installations and street arts. It's all about bringing people together and encouraging them to take part. The finale is a magical illuminated Night Carnival that winds along the north and south banks of the Thames, followed by fireworks fired from the centre of the river itself.

An event with a real creative legacy, the festival has four key ongoing education projects with schools and community groups focussing on art/design, the environment, music education and food growing. In 2009 the Festival worked with 288 schools from London and overseas and 225 community groups, reaching over 10,000 young people worldwide.

The Mayor's Thames Festival is supported by Arts Council England and the Mayor of London.

For further information on the Mayor's Thames Festival please contact:
Emma Lawson, Press & PR, 07768 738 345, emmalawson@globalnet.co.uk

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