Valentines Day is not really a thing I deal with. It’s my parents’ anniversary first and foremost in my mind. I had already agreed to go do a show that night, so I was looking for things to do around the city, despite the frigid temperature. An earlier entry had garnered interest from the Okamoto Studio and they had alerted me to a session they were doing by the Brookfield. I had actually been in the area a few days before for a film shoot and had wanted to wander the area later with my camera, so this sounded like a great idea.
Originally the event was only scheduled for an hour, but that soon stretched out to three hours and a buttload of shots. This entry will just cover the event, not my sporadic wanderings of the area. That can come later. The sun played a very nice role as it was very intense when not blocked by clouds.
The supervisor of the event has some last minute instructions.
It is V-day after all.
Basically the gist of what people could do with their smartphones.
Teamwork is set in motion.
Watch the saw!
Some of the crowd early on.
Hello peacock head.
Raising up a section of ice to finish the basic form.
The finished greeting sign to the event.
Chainsaw is ready.
I am not trained in ice sculpting, so I will guess this use of the board for sanding makes the blocks able to grip each other as they did this for each piece/layer.
It’s an athletic pose for low cutting.
Wings in the sunlight (you could stand in front of this and do more smartphone pics).
Flower in ice (there were several).
A clearer one in the sun.
Probably my favorite of the flowers.
A v-day theme is emerging.
Carving a swan.
Time to cut a heart shape.
Inside the heart.
The finished swans.
Starting on a second dog.
More detailed work involves getting into odd angles to reach spots.
The sculpture area from the north side. Lots of sunlight.
The sculpture area from the south end.
Finished avant-garde people hugging with a heart shape between them.
Next week: I took a walk between Madison Square Park and Union Square. Some architecture and snow shots.