2014 Ice Festival in Central Park

Once again this year, I headed out to the park to see the Ice Festival. Once again it was unseasonably warm, but it was also pouring rain at times. Also hail and snow. It was a pretty yucky start to a day. Last year they were in front of Belvedere Castle, but this year, they set up shop on Bethesda Terrace. The carvers were artists from the Okamoto Studio.

Another perk was that this year there were several carvings, instead of just one. However, they had it all bunched together in one place, so there was still a massive crowd around it, making it difficult to see. I spent the time moving from ground level, to the stairs, even up on the overpass. The whole thing lasted several hours. I didn’t stay the whole time, but you’ll get a good sense of it from what I did see.

Early on the weather kept the crowds at bay.

Early on the weather kept the crowds at bay.

The beginning. I wonder what it will be...

The beginning. I wonder what it will be…

Hey look, a butterfly.

Hey look, a butterfly.

Break out the chainsaw.

Break out the chainsaw.

Fine tuning with a chainsaw.

Fine tuning with a chainsaw.

Woking on a smaller sculpt.

Woking on a smaller sculpt.

Incoming snow spray!

Incoming snow spray!

Some birds.

Some birds.

A reindeer.

A reindeer.

Feed the baby bird.

Feed the baby bird.

The butterfly.

The butterfly.

Working alone.

Working alone.

Time to tag team.

Time to tag team.

The crowd is bigger, also this year the video camera men were getting in the way on ground level.

The crowd is bigger, also this year the video camera men were getting in the way on ground level.

The sun finally comes out.

The sun finally comes out.

The angel oversees the birds.

The angel oversees the birds.

Three sculpts.

Three sculpts.

The head is just about done.

The head is just about done.

Sculpting what they see.

Sculpting what they see.

Close up of the face.

Close up of the face.

Working on the body.

Working on the body.

Next week: Lots of snow in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel T5i with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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3 Responses to 2014 Ice Festival in Central Park

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