January 10, 2009

First London ice-carving fest starts

The first ice-sculpting festival in London's history began Saturday with carvers transforming simple ice into art, an organizer says.

Festival organizer Carol Cordrey said all entrants had until late Sunday morning to transform a large chunk of ice into a sculpture based on the theme of wildlife in London, The Times of London reported.

Cordrey an art critic by trade, said she came up with the idea for the ice-carving festival after witnessing a Swiss snow-sculpting event.

I thought how wonderful it would look in London, she said.

A Belgian company named Icebox was consigned to provide large ice blocks for the Natural History Museum event, The Times reported.

Cordrey told the newspaper that sculptors of all skill levels were welcome to take part.

It's art for all. Absolutely free and you can just turn up and have a go, she said.