I am so excited to announce that I have been invited to return in NE China, in Harbin, Jiamusi, and Boaqing for sculpting ice. Here is a fun look back at some of my past ice events, specifically ones with my Dutch friend Martin DeZoete, all around the world.
These were all super projects that introduced to me advanced techniques and so many talented international ice sculptors. They also led to many more opportunities to sculpt, in ice, snow, and sand.
It was while sculpting ice in Finland with Martin that I first met Jeffrey Ng of Singapore and Zhang Xin of Harbin, China, who have already invited me to sculpt in Asia three times before. It was my friend Martin who invited me to carve ice and sand multiple times in Germany.
My beard is longer now and has a lot more gray in it, but I can still say that I’m putting myself out there. Next stop, Harbin, China!
More can be found about Olavinlinna Castle clicking the image below.
YouTube video of our work together in Olavinlinna Castle, Finland
In 2018 Martin and I were invited to sculpt ice in a most unique environment, a man made cave 100 feet beneath a modern hotel. Our hotel rooms were only a short elevator ride to the work site, with a stop in the hotel lobby where our meals were served and where I watched The Eagles win Super Bowl LII!
The competition was more like a contest to see who got third, with Mongolia and Japan sweeping the top two spots. Guess what, we got third place! Yes, there’s even a small ice TV in our depiction of the Flintstone at home, watching what else? The Flintstones, of course! Bam Bam is lifting up the couch, with Fred and Dino going flying, so Wilma can vacuum underneath. Don’t worry, we included Pebbles, too.
Martin is really great at lifting and spreading the ice, if that is even possible. My designs always got much more ambitious and challenging whenever I teamed up with Martin, whose technical training in architecture informs everything he touches. My heartfelt thanks to Martin and the hosts who gave us so many opportunities in Finland and Poland. Martin met his Polish wife on one of our outings and now lives in Poznań!
I hope you enjoyed this look at the past as much as I enjoyed putting it together.