I attended the 2017 Ice Festival in Central Park, located at the Naumburg Bandshell. The festivities centered around an ice carving by the Okamoto Studio, as in past years. That same week, an article in the NY Post was published and they used one of my photos. Past years involved carvings of the Romeo and Juliet statue, Belvedere Castle, and the Bethesda Fountain Angel. This year, they did portions of the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park. This year, the area was densely packed and it was very challenging to get a good vantage point for photos. I did my best and here are a bundle of the results.
Carving had already begun by the time I got close enough to get shots.
Snow flying everywhere from the chainsaws.
The Mad Hatter is already completed.
The March Hare stares at the crowd.
Working side by side.
The full March Hare.
Working around Dinah.
I love how this one came out.
Works in color too.
Taking a pic of the crowd from atop the ladder on stage.
Closer and closer to done.
An interview during a break.
Speaking about his work and process.
Closer to finished (time for the arm supports to go).
We remember what happened with R&J 2 years ago when the supports came off…
Some detail work.
Ice teeth dentist.
Make sure to clean the gums.
Here go the arm supports.
Everyone holds their breath.
Linking the pieces.
Reaching the end and celebrating.
Alice watches the group.
The Hatter is lit.
Alice is lit.
The statues are all lit.
Light dances in the ice.
Snowflake lights above.
Next time: we shall see what comes up (working on a book right now).