Winter in NYC offers many sightseeing perks. The one I am still waiting on is a heavy snow fall so I can go exploring and see buildings and parks covered in snow. In the meantime, Central Park had it’s second annual Ice Festival. It was held on the grounds of Belvedere Castle. The carvers came from the Okamoto Studio, which is based in Long Island City, and were set up to carve a replica of the castle behind them.
I got there a bit before the noon start time and scoped out the best spot with as unobstructed a view as I could find while the studio set up the ice for carving.
At noon, they promptly started work.
I took a walk in the middle of the sculpting for two reasons: 1) it would give them time to make progress in such a way to dramatically change what I was seeing, and 2) I was hungry. So I got a pretzel off a street vender, took a walk around Turtle Pond, and then returned to see the progress. This time I moved to the other side of the sculpt. However, the crowd had grown, so I had to jockey for position to get shots without people and their heads in the way.
The entire sculpt took about 3 hours. During this, the Central Park Conservancy had various tours and informational sessions on the park itself. There was also hot chocolate to help keep everyone warm. It was a very interesting day.
Next week: Some views of the Mississippi River in New Orleans.