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Special Events - Designs in Ice presented by Scotiabank is a three-day
ice-carving exhibition and competition, running December 27 - 29 at Nathan
Phillips Square. The 2002 edition of this 20-year holiday tradition is inspired
by, in partnership with Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, The Lord
of the Rings: The Two Towers, coinciding with the December 18 release of the
major motion picture.
Audiences can experience three days of cool outdoor art showcasing the work of
Ontario's top ice carvers. They will chisel over 20,000 kg (47,000 lb.) of ice
into magnificent sculptures and transform Nathan Phillips Square into J.R.R.
Tolkien's fantastical creation, Middle-earth. The sculptures will be reviewed
by a panel of judges to determine which carvers receive the cash awards
sponsored by Scotiabank for first ($1000), second ($750) and third ($500)
prizes. The public is invited to vote for their favourite sculpture through the
People's Choice Award ($750).
Before the carving competition heats up, some pivotal characters from the film
will be displayed captured in ice by internationally renowned company
IceCulture. The interactive sculpture features popular characters such as Sam,
Frodo, Legolas and Eowyn and is a perfect and unique backdrop for photos.
Professional ice carver and past Designs in Ice winner, Ross Navarro, will
demonstrate techniques involved in creating masterpieces out of simple blocks
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of The Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers (just under 44 minutes) appears on Friday, December 27 from 6 to 11
p.m. on an outdoor screen. The footage will give audiences a rare,
one-night-only look into this epic film. The weekend is complemented by family
skating parties, which feature live rink-side music for entertainment. Skating
parties run from 5 - 11 p.m. on Saturday and 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Pack up the
kids with their skates and enjoy this long-standing Toronto tradition.
Admission to Designs in Ice is free and getting there couldn't be easier!
Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen St. W. Take the TTC Queen
Streetcar (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University
Line (exit Osgoode station).
For more information on the Cavalcade of Lights series of events including
Designs in Ice, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit