Ice Sculpture Festival: Sculpt with the Masters in London

November 30, 2012 by

Ice Sculpture

The 2013 Ice Sculpture Festival returns to the stylish business and shopping district of Canary Wharf, London, in January. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, offering new competitions, themes and attractions.

This free, international ice sculpting event will be held January 11-13 and will feature ice sculpting talent from 12 international teams.

Ice Sculpting Class

Try your hand in an ice sculpting class.

Test Your Sculpting Talent at the London Ice Sculpture Festival

If you’ve never attended an ice sculpting event, it is a sight to behold, and visitors to this event can even sign up for a masterclass to try their hand at sculpting a small block of ice with professional guidance.

To say the least, this experience offers a whole new level of appreciation for the talent the professionals wield in timed competitions. To participate in a masterclass, you have to be 12 years old or older, or accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited, and the opportunity to join a class is on a first come, first served basis. If you want to participate, be sure to sign up for the first available slot when you arrive.

Masterclasses Schedule

  • Friday, January 11: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 13: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ice Sculpting

Watch as ice sculptures compete against the clock.

Other Activities

Along with trying your hand at sculpting, visitors have the opportunity to take in a number of ice-themed activities in Canary Wharf’s shopping malls. This includes activities from arts and crafts workshops to face painting, or a visit to the snow pit in Montgomery Square.

Also, a new activity for the 2013 Ice Sculpture Festival will be the “Graffiti Wall” where adults can test their skills on a wall of ice. Another favorite is the large Ice Chess where adults have the chance to test their strategic moves.

Be sure to visit their website for more details as they are released.

The Competition

With all that fun, the real reason the crowds gather at the Ice Sculpture Festival is to watch the competing international ice sculptors create works of ice art at a fast pace, live and on the site.

Your heart will beat faster as you get into the competitive spirit as the sculptors work against the clock using chainsaws, chipping tools, and delicate chisels to transform 2 x 2m blocks of ice into art.

Come on out and cheer and even vote for your favorites.

Photo credits: PgdPgd, Jeff Van Campen

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  1. Ruby T. says:

    This sounds like a fun event to add to a winter itinerary if you are headed to London anyway.

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