Thursday, February 15, 2018

Work In Progress

I have more of the ice sculptures in progress today, from the pairs area. I enjoy watching this part of the process, as well as seeing the finished work.

I'll leave off for today with this. It is a Winterlude tradition to have an art installation or more in the park. This year it is this work called Face, a collaborative work by three artists: Thomas Voillaume, Florian Girardot, and Guillaume Etienne. It's larger than life, as you can see, and the artistry of it comes out at night, when the shape of the panels become the canvas for projected animated light. I'll be showing you that later on in the series.


  1. Looks like an ice sculpture factory you have there

  2. I keep thinking all that work and then it melts.. all the more reason to thoroughly enjoy it while it lasts 😊 looking forward to seeing the art installation all lit up!

  3. You wouldn't want to have any "Oopsies!" in that workshop! I don't think you get any "do-overs."

  4. Can't wait to see that last work as it progresses.


  5. @Tom: very icy!

    @Bill: that's a good term for it.

    @Grace: they actually break the whole lot up before it melts!

    @Lowell: definitely not.

    @Janis: they are amazing in the finished work.

    @Marie: thank you!

  6. It is beautiful, but actually I have been more under the spell of the ice in Pyeongchang lately (and certainly today)... Congratulations! ;-)

  7. I'm looking forward to seeing Face at night, William!

  8. I see some masterpieces taking shape here.

  9. Interesting to see the power tools used for carving. It looks very cold .

  10. This must be fascinating to watch in person.

  11. wonder what it was like to stand on a ladder to get those ice job work out? wow wee. i bet they have great muscles. love the last sculpture. ( ;

  12. @Jan: I know our athletes have been doing well.

    @RedPat: it's quite a sculpture. It's possible to see one's face projected onto the face itself, but I'm more interested in the lines and patterns in and of itself.

    @Sharon: the sculptors did beautiful work this year.

    @Red: some of these tools must be customized. I can't remember seeing saws like that outside of this sort of work.

    @Lois: it is!

    @Beth: they certainly know what they're doing.

  13. I would enjoy watching the carving process as well as the finished work, too!
    Interesting to see all the tools they use.
    I look forward to see the Face with lights!

  14. Oooh can't wait to see that piece of art at night!

  15. Pretty amazing to see carved ice.
    At our winter carnival this year they began snow carving sculptures. I am so happy that will be part of the event. There were only 3 but I bet next year there will be many.

  16. @Tamago: I find the creative process fascinating.

    @Revrunner: I wonder what Leonardo or Bernini would have thought of sculpting ice.

    @Jenn: it's quite creative! I'd wondered what they would have come up with. I'd hoped that cube structure I featured back in January that was here in December would have stayed for Winterlude, but not this time.

    @Tammie: the larger snow sculptures here are over in Gatineau, and I'm presently getting posts together for that. There are some here in Ottawa, and I'll have them coming up sooner.

    @Sandi: wow indeed!

  17. Getting there is half the fun ~ quite the process and so creative ~ lovely shots!

    Happy Weekend ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. In some ways, I'm more fond of this series than the tulip one you do.

  19. It's so amazing what can be crafted from a block of ice!

  20. I would love to watch them work!

  21. I wonder how hard it is to collaborate? I get social anxiety, myself. I'd rather work alone!

  22. @Bill: it's quite something to see unfold.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Mari: both are wonderful events.

    @Kay: quite true!

    @Jeanie: thanks!

    @Norma: I enjoy it.

    @Jennifer: I imagine that might factor into working alone on a solo sculpture.

    @Klara: indeed!