London’s first Ice Sculpting Festival at Museum

09 January 2009

Get set for a spectacular ice show this New Year, as London’s first Ice Sculpting Festival blows in to the Natural History Museum Ice Rink.

The 3-day event starts today and the public can watch as leading ice art specialists create their dazzling sculptures.

Master classes

There will be free ice sculpting master classes for anyone aged 12 and over with expert supervision from the Ice Box specialists. 

Ice competition
The Ice Sculpting Festival is held in the Museum's grounds and is a 3-day-long competition

The Ice Sculpting Festival is held in the Museum's grounds and is a 3-day-long competition

Five award winning ice-sculpting teams will interpret the theme of Wildlife In The City in the timed competition.

They will transform 3m ice blocks, each weighing approximately 2.5 tons, into stunning works of art. 

Using modern power tools and traditional tools, the teams will have just 3 days to create dazzling sculptures that are guaranteed to wow the crowds.

Art critic and festival organizer, Carol Cordrey says, 'London is the epicentre of the art world but, until now, it has not even been on the map of competitive ice sculpting.'

'The Ice Box’s expertise resolved the technical and large-scale ice block issues associated with our climate and when the Natural History Museum gave the Festival their immediate support, I knew we had not just the perfect venue, but all the right ingredients for a thrilling, magical art event!'

Winning ice sculpture

Cordrey and internationally renowned sculptor, Philip Jackson, will help decide which sculpture wins. The winner will be announced on Sunday 11 January and they will be awarded the London Ice Sculpting Festival’s beautiful glass trophy, specially commissioned through the Peter Layton London Glassblowing studio.