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Extreme Curator: Cold

Last week our Extreme Curator Paolo Viscardi ventured into the sub-zero temperatures of Icebar London to experience firsthand some of the challenges faced by animals living in extreme cold.

  • Extreme Curator in the cold, Paolo braves London's Icebar for the first of his challenges
    Paolo braves London's Icebar for the first of his challenges

Icebar is the UK's only permenant bar made entirely of ice, with powerful air conditioning units which keep the temperature below freezing. For Paolo's challenge, Icebar was at a chilly -7°C.

  • Most visitors to Icebar are wrapped up warm, Paolo is completing all his Extreme Curator challenges in his shirtsleeves
    Paolo is completing all his Extreme Curator challenges in his shirtsleeves

Usually, Icebar's visitors are wrapped up warm and provided with a waterproof cloak. Paolo had no such luck, as he's completing all his extreme challenges in his shirtsleeves (don't try this at home/Icebar, folks).

Watch the video to see how our Extreme Curator got on in the cold.

Click on the image below for a close up comparison of Paolo's tiny label-writing at 21°C and -7°C:

Over the next few weeks, Paolo will be exploring other environments featured in our upcoming Extremes exhibition. You can keep up with his adventures on Twitter or subscribe to our Youtube Channel to see the latest #ExtremeCurator updates.

Extremes opens at the Horniman on Saturday 15 February 2014. Tickets can be booked online.