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Professional Ice Sculptures by Wil Wilson
It is said that ice sculpture originated in Sapporo, Japan .
Typically a block of ice weighs 300 pounds, stands about 40 in. tall, 22 in. wide, and 12 in. thick, before carving.
It takes 3 to 5 days to freeze a block of that size
The average sculpture when complete weighs approximately 200 to 250 pounds.
The highest point or protruding edges of the sculpture melt first. So when we carve we exaggerate those points to allow for melting.
Ice sculptures are the only changing form of art.
The block melts at a rate of about 1 inch per hour in a controlled room of 72 degrees.
An average party would last 4 to 5 hours and at that time the sculpture will loose some of the detail.
There is no melting factor in place when the sculpture is displayed outside. We usually experience an 80% to 100% humidity rate in our area of Florida, and they have melted fast. We displayed a carving out side in August. The temperature was over 85 at night, and after 2 to 3 hours the detail was almost gone. We have had really good success with outdoor carvings during the Dec. through April time of year.
Direct sun on the sculpture will kill it. Sculptures should be in a covered area like a tent or an indoor room.
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