Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. The lifetime of a sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment and thus, a sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months.
Ice sculptures are generally associated with special or extravagant events because of their limited lifetime. There are several ice festivals held around the world, hosting competitions of ice sculpture carving. Sculpting ice presents a number of difficulties due to the variability and volatility of the material.
Ice may be sculpted in a wide range of temperatures and the characteristics of the ice will change according to its temperature as well as the surrounding temperatures. Sculptures are generally carved from blocks of ice and these blocks must be carefully selected to be suitable for the sculptor’s purposes and should be free of undesired impurities.
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