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Ice sculpture from Perm, 2005, artist unknown. Bear riding a bicycle. Photo by Vladimir Yurchik, for Perm.

Bear on a bicycle from Perm “Ice, Fire and Snow” Festival, 2005. Artist unknown.

Photo credit: Vladimir Yurchik,
Perm event Photographer

Ice artists often travel to attend international competitions and exhibitions. Some of the Chinese artists, who made the fantastic Harbin Ice Lantern Festival ice works and sculptures, create holiday exhibits in Texas and Florida for Gaylord’s Resort. They use techniques not allowed in competitive sculpting, such as color dyes and lights frozen into the ice to bring a new dimension to the art form. These events take place in large -9ºC (16ºF) building; Parkas are included with price of admission.

The criteria used for our ice exhibit was that the work be created in competition, not in exhibition, by an artist or team of artists who had found some acclaim sculpting ice and competing internationally. Their work had to be easily found, and catch our attention on the Internet. The photos of their work had to be excellent and of good resolution. The art must have been created outside for the purpose of the expression of the artist, not for overtly commercial purposes. The sculptures must have been created to last for several days or weeks outdoors.

We hope to show you a variety of art and techniques from artists around the world, including some of the techniques used by ice sculpture artists in exhibition that are not allowed in competitions, embedded lights or objects, and use of dyes, paint, or anything else that is not pure ice.

Lighting alone affects ice art profoundly. In the daylight, it is often not shown off to its best advantage. At night, under white lights it is transformed, and enhanced. Under colored lights itcan look remarkably like carnival glass. …more

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