We were getting the ice to use for the sculptures from one of the many lakes in Kuopio just down the road from our school. First of all we have to clear the lake of snow that has fallen. This also had to be done everyday a week before we got the ice.
A grid was made on the lake, using a chainsaw ice was cut in blocks of one metre by half a metre. We needed about 70 of these blocks for the ice sculptures. Then after these had been cut one block was pushed under the rest of the ice so there was a hole. A ladder with rope attached was then used to fish a block out. Once on the ladder it would take many people to pull it out.
After we had got the block of ice out of the lake we put it onto a pallet, which would fit 2 blocks on and it would take alot of people to pull it! Getting all the blocks we needed took about 8 hours
This is a photograph of everybody involved with all the blocks we got!
For our sculpture we had 2 blocks on the bottom and 2 on top. It took a long time getting rid of that gap in between. We had to make them as even as we could by using chainsaws, special tools and irons! To glue the ice together we would pour water down the join which would freeze and then put snow around it to seal it.
We worked on the sculpture all weekend then after we finished classes everynight for a week. It was so cold just standing still doing the sculpture that we had to have lots of breaks!
The elephant taking shape. You can see in the head there is a twig frozen in the ice. In one block of ice there was what looked like a nokia!
This was our elephant on the night of the exhibition. We tryed lots of different colours on it but liked green the best, which turned out to be a good choice. A few nights after our school was hosting an event where all the design tutors in Finland meet, in this somebody gave a talk and mentioned that the green elephant would bring prosperity in the coming year. After it had finished they came outside to see our sculptures, and there was mine and Satu's green elephant. They thought it had been planned but it was a total coincidence.
These are a few of the other ice sculptures that were made.
And here she is, my wonderful ice sculpting partner Satu! photo by jadel!