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We can only imagine how magical walking through York was when these sculptures were shown! From The Creators Project:

To make the event possible, each sculpture was sponsored by a local business. The Cheshire Cat showed off his smile in front of the Grand Hotel and Spa. A giant teapot hissed in front of Bettys Café Tea Room. Elsewhere, visitors could spot Yoda, Aslan the lion, an ice skating Viking, a UFO and the Mad Hatter. The National Railway Museum sponsored the creation of the Flying Scotsman, a rendering of a steam powered locomotive that proved to be the most difficult of the bunch, according to Matthew Foster, one of the two founders of Glacial Art.

Foster explains that Glacial Art makes a point of using only traditional techniques: no molds, no computer-aided cutting machines. Everything is hand-carved out of 3-foot blocks of ice. A chainsaw is used first, to get rid of the large chunks, and then the detail work begins, with steak knives, chisels, whatever tool will do the job. For larger pieces, the team builds the sculpture in sections, then squirts water in between the joints, which immediately freezes to fuse together the piece.

Read more, check out Glacial Art Ice Sculptors and see more photos of the Ice Trail


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