A festival of ice sculpture, now in its fourth year, crystallises its way into Canary Wharf this weekend.
Twelve highly talented teams from the UK, USA and various European countries will compete at the annual London Ice Sculpting Festival from Friday. Each team gets to chisel away at an enormous block of ice, freighted in from an ice specialist in Belgium.
This year’s themes are The Wonders of the World and Infinity (for the doubles and singles competitions respectively). Sculptors will carve against the clock for the top prize, as well as a free-style competition, which will be judged entirely by the public. Other activities include the ever-popular ice-sculpting master classes (first come first served), a snow-pit with real snow, a graffiti ice-wall, ice chess and a Northern Lights laser show, as well as a Winter Market plus arts and crafts workshops. And it’s all completely free.
The London Ice Sculpting Festival, runs 11-13 January at various locations throughout the Canary Wharf area.
By Tamara Vos. Image of a Jubilee Diamond sculpture from last year's festival, courtesy of VickieFlores in the Londonist Flickr pool.