Sunday, February 8, 2015

Smooth As Glass

I stepped as far back as I could to get this shot, and even so I couldn't quite get all of the sculpture in. The tree is flanked by these two walls. The blocks of ice are put through a process in an ice facility before being brought in; I've heard of how it's done once, but it's been awhile. The result is perfectly clear ice. It just can't be done naturally. An American team put this work together.


  1. Beautiful, William, and I love your header!!!

  2. These ice sculptures are exquisite William, so much work... and then they melt :(

  3. The new presentation of the daily blog is wonderful, glad to see it


  4. Gosh that is fine! One can hear Franklin's glass armonica:

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  5. That tree shape in ice is exquisite. And the icy walls lead so grandly to it. What a view.

  6. Belíssima escultura William. Um trabalho primoroso e muito requintado
    Um bom domingo
    Um abraço

    Sonhos e Poesia

  7. It looks like glass. The details are amazing!

  8. It looks very delicate to make this.

  9. Wow, what a beautiful work! The tree is so gorgeous and I wonder how they make it! Just amazing!

  10. Oh so beautiful! I want to hang some red apples from that tree. Think they would let me?


  11. Beautiful, incredible and impressive!

  12. I'm loving these ice sculptures, so much work must go into them!

  13. That's quite lovely. I would love to see the process.

  14. @Linda: I figured it was time to change the header, particularly since I wanted to have two winter header images.

    @Grace: they are quite short lived. I have to remember to leave one aside for a theme day later in the year.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Cloudia: I wouldn't have thought of that!

    @Karl: they did beautiful work with this one.

    @Gemma: it had to have taken careful planning.

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @EG: the skill that goes into making these is astonishing.

    @Luis: thanks!

  15. @Marianne: very delicate indeed.

    @Tamago: with great care and a lot of different tools.

    @Janis: I don't think they would!

    @Denise: I certainly thought so.

    @Aimee: not just the carving, but the planning and the practice work beforehand.

    @Tex: thanks!

    @Beth: very much so.

    @Jane and Chris: thank you.

    @Birdman: it looks good in the larger scale.

    @Hilary: I didn't have a chance this year to photograph any carvers at work, but I did so last year. I'll add in a link for tomorrow's blog for that first one.

    @Sharon: so did I.

  16. It's fantastic! Like walking through the wardrobe into an icy wonderland!

  17. This tree is just magical !

  18. Wow that's a beautiful sculpture.
    I like your new header!

  19. @Ciel: Winterlude is such a great way to get through the winter.

    @VP: a pleasure to show it!

    @Anna: it would have taken great care to put it together.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Gill: and more to come.

    @Cheryl: thanks!

    @RedPat: I've not seen anything like it before- even the birds etched into the walls seem entirely different.

  20. i read the other day that to make clear ice cubes one must heat the water first, then it freezes clear. Cold water always turns cloudy. beautiful sculpture.

  21. Fascinating stuff, this looks amazing. J the R pic on for you to see tomorrow.

  22. I would have thought it was glass. So beautiful.

    Thanks for your comment on Ocala. I've only got one thing to say: "Gotcha!"

  23. Oh, and I love your new wintry header!

  24. @Tammie: that makes sense. I seem to also recall something about preventing bubbles from forming in the ice.

    @Geoff: I shall look for it!

    @Lowell: I thought that bear looked photoshopped!

    @Mari: it definitely is fragile, hence the whole keeping people away from it, but the work done is so beautifully rendered.

  25. Your new header is wonderful! And this sculpture is exquisite. It's hard to believe it's ice and not glass.

  26. Wow! Good for Team USA... Makes me proud.

  27. I knew you'd same some pretty spectacular ones! You have a good eye.

  28. I like this one the best, so far. So pretty.

  29. @Randy: it would be.

    @Kay: and yet it is.

    @MB: that it is.

    @Linda: it was well done.

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @Jennifer: thanks!

    @Whisk: it is!