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Professional Ice Sculptures by Wil Wilson

Ice 101

  • 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.


  • These are the questions I am asked most. I hope that your questions have been answered here too. I will be happy to answer any other question that may not have been answered here. Submit any question on our contact page.




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