We’re in full swing getting ready for December events here at Pinch. And as we are creating new experiences for our clients, we can’t help but think of holiday parties of yesteryear, like when Dan Aykroyd dressed as Santa in Trading Places, smuggles a whole smoked salmon behind a giant ice sculpture and an obscene display of shrimp and cocktail sauce. How far we’ve come! This month we are exploring ice.
Ice as a medium is such an anomaly. It’s hard and heavy, yet fragile and temporary.
We have dabbled in some creative designs using ice on our own. But ultimately we prefer collaborating with our favorite ice masters at Okamoto Studio in New York.
Here are some examples of their work that goes beyond a caviar bar.
Or here is a stunning piece by Scott Grove from Rochester New York. This surprisingly intricate work of ice-art is formed into a giant knot. Alas, when spring arrives, the minimalist sculptures will melt away, hopefully along with any lingering seasonal melancholy.
Then there is ice-art for awareness, like this artwork by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing addressing climate change. Last December at the Place du Pantheon in Paris, twelve immense blocks of ice from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland were arranged in a clock formation during the COP21.
Or the Melting Men exhibit by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo in Berlin. This amazing installation of 1,000 melting figures was done in collaboration with the WWF to highlight global warming and bring awareness on the rapid loss of ice worldwide.