Check out these cool facts about ice carving and Designs in Ice 2001!|
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Toronto's free ice sculpture exhibition, Designs in Ice presented by
Scotiabank, showcases the talents of Ontario's top ice carvers as they battle
against the powers of Mother Nature to complete icy works of art!
Designs in Ice 2001 Facts:
- 19,090 kg (42,000 lb.) of ice will be
chiseled into shape on Nathan Phillips Square.
- 18,900 litres of purified water is used to create this massive amount of
- 140 blocks of ice are created for this event, each block takes
3 - 4 days to freeze solid.
- 8 blocks of ice, each weighing 135 kg (297lb.) are given to all competing
- Each block measures 1 m x 50 cm x 25 cm (40" x 20" x 10").
- A combination of chainsaws, special ice carving chisels, dremels, die
grinders, sanders, blow torches and other power tools are used to sculpt the
- Approximately 15 teams will carve their masterpieces over 2 days competing
for more than $2000 in prizes.
- Prizes will be awarded for the top three sculptures and the People's Choice
on Friday, December 28 at 5:30 p.m.
- This year's theme established in partnership with Alliance Atlantic Motion
Picture Distribution, coincides with the December release of the major motion
picture The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring, produced by New Line
- A large-scale signature carving will be shaped from 20 blocks of ice by the
ice carving experts at Iceculture.
Rivendell Council - Signature Ice Sculpture:
- The signature carving
created by Iceculture is constructed from 2,800 kg (6,000 lbs.) of ice.
- 12 Lord of the Rings characters are portrayed: Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, Sam,
Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, Elrond, Arwen.
- Most of this sculpture is pre-carved in an 1800 sq. ft. sculpting freezer,
then dismantled for shipping.
- Upon arrival at Nathan Phillips Square, 4-6 people will take 4-5 hours to
reconstruct the carving
- Iceculture uses different techniques for sculpting
the ice, both traditional methods using chainsaws, chisels and other power
tools and specialized techniques including snow-fill, fusing and scratch board.
- Plans for the signature ice sculpture address both technical and aesthetic
requirements. The sculpture must be detailed with a flawless finish.
- To create a flawless look, water is squirted into the join of two blocks.
This water refreezes to make the blocks a single solid structure.
- When stacking several blocks the vertical join lines are staggered similar
to brick laying - this means there isn't one larger fuse line running from the
bottom to the top of the sculpture which makes it far more sturdy.
- Once the main shape is roughed out, Iceculture switches to a die grinder
with a large bit or uses finer chisels to start working on the second stage of
shaping. This is the stage where depth is added to the design. The silhouette
of the outer shape is transformed into a three dimensional design. This stage
is more difficult and requires detailed perception.
- Once the basic depths are marked out in the ice, a small tipped chisel is
used to get into the crevices such as the folds of Gandolf's cloak. Tools such
as a sander are used to smooth lines or give a shape an even curve or rounded
- The finishing glistening touch is achieved with the use of a
Making Ice with Iceculture:
Admission to Designs in Ice is FREE and getting there couldn?t be
- After removing all impurities by filtering
the water through a reverse osmosis system it is frozen in ice block machines
equipped with a Clinebell block which circulates the water and pushes the air
away from the ice. This is an important process because ice with air trapped
inside appears cloudy.
- The clarity of the ice is important to show off the detail in the ice
sculpture. Light does not reflect well off cloudy ice.
- Once the crystal clear blocks are harvested, they are packaged in plastic
and cardboard to prevent deterioration and damage during transport and stored
in one of two 2,500 square foot freezers.
- It takes 3 - 4 days to completely freeze a 300lb block of ice
- On the
morning of December 27 the ice is delivered to Nathan Phillips Square in two
large vehicles: a 53 foot transport truck and a 14 foot freezer
easier! Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West. Take the
TTC Queen Street streetcar (501), or the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station)
or the University Line (exit Osgoode station).
For more information on this or other Toronto Special Events, call 416-338-0338
or visit http://www.city.toronto.on.c