Ice sculpture festival returns to Canary Wharf

By Beth Allcock on January 9, 2014 12:09 PM |

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Sculptors will set the trend as they transform shimmering blocks of ice into fashion in a frozen form at Wood Wharf.

Following on from last year's record-breaking visitor numbers, the London Ice Sculpting Festival will return this weekend with the dual themes of Fabulous Fashion and River Life.

Running from Friday to Sunday, teams of ice professionals from across the globe will set about chiselling, carving and wielding chainsaws to transform the area with their sparkling creations in the competition's Single Block, Freestyle and Big Block challenges.

The latter category will centre on ice-cool fashion designs, with the two-man teams working on two-metre blocks of ice throughout the weekend, while the Single Block event will see individual sculptors embracing aquatic nature in a two-and-a-half hour challenge.

Camille Waxer, chief administrative officer at Canary Wharf Group, said: "The festival theme Fabulous Fashion is synonymous with Canary Wharf and also coincides with the recent opening of the Jubilee Place mall extension."

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For those new to carving, professionals from The Ice Box Team will be on hand to offer free masterclasses with mini-blocks in Wood Wharf and Jubilee Place Mall.

And a winter market will provide a variety of tasty treats and drinks to warm up following the frozen fun.

Carol Cordrey, festival co-founder and artistic director, said: "The wonderfully high attendance at last year's festival proved the success of this exciting art event which is unique to the UK.

"For this year's festival, we have ensured that the two themes will provide the sculptors with challenges to their creativity."

Entrance is free.

Go to londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk or canarywharf.com.

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