Some may consider ice sculptures to be one of the most beautiful and skillful techniques. Using a raw, natural resource and some very precise tools, people are able to turn something as simple as water into a unique work of art. Some of the first ice carvings were much more practical than how ice carvings are typically used today.
The first record of harvested ice was during 600 B.C.E, from farmers in northwestern China, who would freeze waters from their over-flooded farms, and use ice blocks to preserve seafood during hot summer months. It has also been proven that in areas such as Canada, Alaska, and Greenland, people would use ice to help build homes, similar to The first record of harvested ice was during 600 B.C.E, from farmers in northwestern China, who would freeze waters from their over-flooded farms, and use ice blocks to preserve seafood during hot summer months. It has also been proven that in areas such as Canada, Alaska, and Greenland, people would use ice to help build homes, similar to igloos.
Today, many people have ice sculptures to enhance the presentations of certain food dishes, or at special events such as weddings, as a decoration. They even have certain “Ice Bars” where the entire bar is made of ice, or at home parties it is popular to have an Ice Luge.
Ice Carving Competition - 2016 Food and Wine Festival - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Perfecting the art of ice-sculpting takes a lot of practice, as it must be carved very particularly, but in a short amount of time so it does not melt, or while in a very cold room. Now, machines and molding systems are used to carve complicated designs in the ice, but in culinary schools, students are still taught traditional ice sculpting techniques.
All over the world, different countries show off their various ice sculptures at different festivals. Alaska hosts the World Ice Art Championships, which is the largest ice sculpture competition with visitors and sculptors from up to 30 countries and has over 100 participants. They also include ice activities for the 40,000 spectators, including ice skating, ice sliding, and an ice maze. Each January, Russia presents a similar the International Festival of Snow and Ice Sculptures along the frozen Yenisei River.
The craft of sculpting ice has become such a popular art form that people are now paying to visit some of the largest carvings of ice ever created. North America is home to the “Ice Castles” attractions, where various large ice creations can be found at five locations designed by this company.
They are located in Canada, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, and Wisconsin. Prices range from $9.00 to $20.00 per person per day depending on age, time, and location. The visit includes ice palaces, houses, slides and rooms. Walk through this frozen winter wonderland at night when it is illuminated with deep purple, blue, green, and pink colors.
The following video shot in Evergreen, Colorado as part of our Wind Sculpture Across America Tour. We shot this on a rainy day Fall day at dusk.Read the full story about our visit to beautiful Evergreen
Sailing enthusiasts are sure to agree that the challenge of navigating upon open waters is a mesmerizing, enjoyable and relaxing experience that gets them as close to Mother Nature as humanly possible.While the graceful performances of such water aficionados make their journey appear effortless and easy to execute, in reality, a great amount of knowledge, ability, skill, talent and timing are required to successfully chart any given course. Extensive patience in awaiting to seize the opportunity for a sail to catch wind in order for a boat to move about towards its destination is also needed.
However, sailing is not necessarily a unanimously preferred recreational activity. For those who prefer to keep their sea legs ashore yet remain desirous of gaining a meditative journey, adding a kinetic wind sculpture to a personal outdoor space at their home might just be the ideal solution.Utilizing the similar premise of sailing which relies upon the wind’s direction and velocity, a kinetic wind sculpture harnesses the energy of available natural breezes to move, turn and rotate. Like a sailor, it eagerly awaits the chance to catch the energy of wind to perform for and impress its viewers. The sculpture’s movement provides audiences with a mesmerizing motion that enables a relaxing escape.
Hypnartic Artwork offers a collection of four kinetic wind sculptures including Solar Reflections cast from stainless steel and Spinning Leaves, Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper.
The meticulous engineering and innovative design of each offers a handsome element of creative expression when in motion and while at rest. The body of the Wind Weaver sculpture resembles flower petals that when spinning appear like a wind enveloped sail. Meanwhile, the stainless steel arms of Solar Reflections scissor the air and spins akin to a pirouetting ballerina. Set upon ball-bearings, each Hypnartic Artwork sculpture quietly and smoothly rotates 360 degrees upon harnessing breezes that come its way. The sculpture’s lively movement exudes a meditative sense that can quickly transform otherwise stagnant environments into a personal oasis of relaxation.
From Mesopotamia, To Utah, To Rome, Gardening and Outdoor Decor Has Been An Essential Factor To Daily Life
Since the first civilization known to man, Mesopotamia, gardening has been an essential factor to daily life. Those from 600 B.C.E maintained gardens for aesthetic reasons as well as agricultural. The mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. According to legend, King Nebuchanezzar ordered his people to build the extensive garden to remind his wife of her homeland. It was projected to have taken 43 years to complete.
The practice of horticulture has been perpetual, from Babylon to the Italian Renaissance, a time where many people were inspired turn to all types of art forms, including gardening.
Many people began planting gardens within their own land or around statues and water fountains because gardens symbolized peace. One of the most famous being The Gardens of the Palace of Versallies, followed by France’s Château de Villandry.
The Chinese cultures also withhold the value to embody peace through gardening, which they imply by using philosophical values in their gardens to portray their Ying/Yang lifestyle. The idea of Ying/Yang is the focus of balance and harmony. There are infinite ways to depict their traditions through gardening, many turn to including red and gold colors compliment each other because they represent luck and wealth. Some turn to utilizing natural objects to illustrate the balance of two opposing forces, such as soft flowing water and dense stones to offer a balance of energy in their garden.
Contemporary gardens have been shaped by those of the past, as they still symbolize a place for peace. Currently, gardens are as essential to an architect as building designs. Gardens are most commonly found in the twenty-first century with Garden Ornaments, used in home gardens, public gardens, and parks. Ornaments can be a wide variety of sorts, from bird-baths and water fountains to pink plastic flamingos and kinetic sculptures.
Kinetic Sculptures are a distinct form of art-structures which conduct movement or an illusion. Kinetic Wind Sculptures are powered by the wind to create an exquisite pattern or motion which can enhance the beauty and tranquility of any garden.
Their elegance and intricate design can embellish an outdoor area and evoke an aberrant balance of energy. A Hypnartic Artwork wind sculpture may be the perfect addition to transform a garden or any outdoor setting into a peaceful, unique locality.
Located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, Hypnartic Artwork’s Spinning Leaves wind sculpture accompanies the historic Hotel President as they close out Hypnartic's Fall Wind Sculptures Across America Tour. This archival building was originally named “President Hotel,” when built in the 1920’s, during one of the largest economic booms America has ever known.
Designed by the best local architects of the time, Siedhoff Shepard and George Wiser, the hotel has a brown-brick pattern and gothic styled windows, giving an early twentieth century tone. The construction is credited to a Niagara Falls business man, Frank Dudley.
The hotel closed in the year 1980 and did not re-open until 2005, when the Hilton Hotel Corporation purchased it and changed the name to “Hotel President”. In conjunction with the Hilton, developers Ron Jury from Overland Park and Gastinger Walker Harden Architects, re-designed the hotel with a forty-five million dollar restoration project. This project consisted of renovating each bedroom, from 453 smaller stay rooms into 213 spacious guest rooms and suites. Many ballrooms and meeting rooms, and it’s famous Drum Room were completely remodeled.
The sophisticated design of the Spinning Leaves kinetic sculpture mirrors the complex aura of the city, which is home to other Missouri landmarks build during the 1920’s such as The Mainstream Theater, Midland Theater, and Kansas City Power and Light building.
Complimenting the detailed to the ceilings, columns and floors of the prominent Hotel President, the Spinning Leaves wind sculpture captures the presidential essence in it’s intricate design of copper leaves facing alternating directions.