Some may consider ice sculptures to be one of the most beautiful and skillful techniques. Using a raw, natural resource and some very precise tools, people are able to turn something as simple as water into a unique work of art. Some of the first ice carvings were much more practical than how ice carvings are typically used today.
The first record of harvested ice was during 600 B.C.E, from farmers in northwestern China, who would freeze waters from their over-flooded farms, and use ice blocks to preserve seafood during hot summer months. It has also been proven that in areas such as Canada, Alaska, and Greenland, people would use ice to help build homes, similar to The first record of harvested ice was during 600 B.C.E, from farmers in northwestern China, who would freeze waters from their over-flooded farms, and use ice blocks to preserve seafood during hot summer months. It has also been proven that in areas such as Canada, Alaska, and Greenland, people would use ice to help build homes, similar to igloos.
Today, many people have ice sculptures to enhance the presentations of certain food dishes, or at special events such as weddings, as a decoration. They even have certain “Ice Bars” where the entire bar is made of ice, or at home parties it is popular to have an Ice Luge.
Ice Carving Competition - 2016 Food and Wine Festival - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Perfecting the art of ice-sculpting takes a lot of practice, as it must be carved very particularly, but in a short amount of time so it does not melt, or while in a very cold room. Now, machines and molding systems are used to carve complicated designs in the ice, but in culinary schools, students are still taught traditional ice sculpting techniques.
All over the world, different countries show off their various ice sculptures at different festivals. Alaska hosts the World Ice Art Championships, which is the largest ice sculpture competition with visitors and sculptors from up to 30 countries and has over 100 participants. They also include ice activities for the 40,000 spectators, including ice skating, ice sliding, and an ice maze. Each January, Russia presents a similar the International Festival of Snow and Ice Sculptures along the frozen Yenisei River.
The craft of sculpting ice has become such a popular art form that people are now paying to visit some of the largest carvings of ice ever created. North America is home to the “Ice Castles” attractions, where various large ice creations can be found at five locations designed by this company.
They are located in Canada, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, and Wisconsin. Prices range from $9.00 to $20.00 per person per day depending on age, time, and location. The visit includes ice palaces, houses, slides and rooms. Walk through this frozen winter wonderland at night when it is illuminated with deep purple, blue, green, and pink colors.