Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Kidzworld Logo

Ice Carving & Sculpting

Ice Carving & Sculpting - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Would you spend hours creating a masterpiece only to have it slowly disappear minute by minute? Ice sculptor Duncan Hamilton has no problem watching his ice sculptors melt away.

Duncan Hamilton is an artist. He doesn't use paint or a musical instrument. The longest it's taken him to complete a masterpiece is 2 weeks, but most of the time he's under a tighter deadline. What does Duncan sculpt and carve that he has to finish his work in such a short period of time? Ice.

Before turning blocks of ice into people, animals and other interesting objects, Duncan used to be a chef. He began sculpting in the mid '70s after dishing it up in London for a while. He also lectured at a college for a short time but dropped that to spend all his time sculpting ice. Now he has his own business and international recognition. Here's what he has to say about his ice sculptures.

How Long Do Ice Sculptures Last?

Ice sculptures are going to melt but the good thing is, most of them actually look better after a few hours at room temperature. You don't have to keep them in the fridge when they are on display. An average sculpture will last around six to seven hours. It might take a couple days for it to completely melt. Obviously, smaller ones don't last as long.

An Ice Sculpture Down The Drain

Duncan doesn't have a problem with his work disappearing so quickly. "A carving should be considered like a performance, where the work evolves and changes in fascinating and unexpected ways."

Special Ice For Special Sculptures

Ice sculptors don't use tap water to make their carvings. They carefully and slowly produce their own ice to make it perfectly clear. They've also come up with a technique to control the number of bubbles and fractures. They can also make white ice.

The Studio Of An Ice Sculptor

Duncan and his team don't usually work in the freezing cold. Deep frozen ice can be too brittle to make into works of art. Instead, they store ice at different temperatures. Even when it's melting, ice can still burn your skin, so everyone wears special, cold-resistant clothing.

Ice Sculptures Come In All Shapes and Sizes
The largest ice sculpture made by Duncan and his ice sculpting team was comissioned for an advertisment. It took two weeks to make and weighed about 26 tonnes. The largest indoor carving was a 40 foot wide fantasy castle for a wedding. The smallest are hand-made ice cubes and rocks for drink commercials - something Duncan does often.

Have any other questions about ice sculpting and carving? Or just wanna see some super-cool ice sculptures? Check out www.icesculpture.co.uk.

1 Ice sculpting is cool! I like ice.

Kidz Submit by:

Nickname: renibear13
Age: 13

Related Stories:

  • Amazing Bamboo Structures
  • Dale Chihuly: Glass Blower
  • Temporary Body Art
  • 1 Comment

    Related Stories


    Make it From Ice. Vote!

    • I would make a bed out of ice.
    • A large fridge would be cool.
    • I would make my room out of ice.
    • I would create a statue of myself.

    Random In The Forums

    mogu posted in Debating:
    can't wait for the GOP tears. Go Shillary. 
    reply about 3 hours
    AlphaT posted in Debating:
    "jordand08" wrote:   If Hillary wins, itll be a big deal. She can/will legalize it to be whenever the mother chooses. No. That's not fair. A baby didn't choose to come into this world, you (the parent) put them in it.  You can't be like "oh, I don't think I'll be a good parent even though it's 7 months into my pregnancy." And think abortion is a rational decision. More than that, a mother can get an abortion up until her due date. I think that a baby, even at one week, is just as valuable as a baby at eight months...but killing a perfectly viable and developed child is certainly more cruel. 
    reply about 3 hours
    AlphaT posted in Debating:
    "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:women should have a right to choose an abortion up until the term in its pregnancy when it can actually sense itself which is about 6 months old, and guess what you cant actually abort a baby after 6 months in clinics so its not a big deal 1. What does it mean to sense oneself?  2. Why is self awareness the difference between life and death? 
    reply about 3 hours
    jordand08 posted in Food:
    I like them both, I don't like one more than the other.
    reply about 3 hours
    austin312so posted in Food:
    oo this is hard to choose, since i work with both of them. my parents have a store and they sell both of them, i'll choose coke (nestea fan)
    reply about 4 hours