Sunday, October 30, 2011

Holiday Ice Sculptures

Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture which is three dimensional artwork made from ice, water that is frozen into a solid state as the raw material. 

Santa's Throne
 Ice Art

Sculptures can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative.

Gingerbread House

They are generally associated with special events because of their limited lifetime.

Holiday Display
 Ice Art

The temperature of the environment affects how quickly the piece must be completed to avoid the effects of melting.

Santa's Sleigh
Ice Impressions

If the sculpting doesn't take place in a cold environment, then the sculptor must work very quickly to complete his piece.


Some sculptures can be done in ten minutes if the carver is using power tools such as a chainsaw and specialty bits fitted to a die grinder which is a hand-held power tool sculptors use for contouring.

Toy train and Santa
 Ice Art

They also use razor-sharp chisels and hand saws specifically designed for cutting ice.


Tree with lights frozen inside
 Ice Art

Color effects are possible by a number of techniques, including the addition of colored gels or sand to the ice.

Santa in his sleigh

Holiday Home
Inside Medford

This art form is traditionally taught in culinary schools, but there are some small schools that teach ice carving.

 Ice Art 
Harbin_International_Ice_and_Snow_Sculpture_Festival in China is a famous event held annually and has increased in size over the years. Sculptures of all sizes appear, up to and including building size pieces.

                 Cool Way Ice Inc.

I love ice sculptures. It takes very talented people to create these beautiful works of art.

 Hope you have a wonderful day.

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