Winter is not only snowboarding and skiing; it is also a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy unique art installation shows and large sculptures made from ice and snow. Some of them are small, others are huge, but all of them are truly amazing and definitely worthy of your attention. Here are just several examples of large art pieces cut from ice, created by the world’s best artists in recent years!
Mysterious ice paintings by Sean Yoro
Sean Yoro, also known as Hula, is a Hawaii-born painter and street artist who broke into the world of contemporary art in 2015. Mostly famous for his modern wall art paintings and water murals, this talented self-taught artist has attracted even more attention to his unusual works of art by presenting realistic images painted directly onto melting ice caps in Canada and Iceland. Although such paintings are not long-lasting and usually survive only for a week, they are undoubtedly beautiful pieces of contemporary art, which additionally raise awareness about global climate change. The most notable among them is “A’o’Ana” or “The Warning,” the stunning portrait of a woman painted on an iceberg broken off from a glacier in Iceland.
“Stackhouse” by Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor is a renowned British-Indian artist famous for his art installation shows and large sculptures located around the globe. This winter, the artist has introduced his new creation made entirely from ice blocks. The Kapoor’s fantastic design created for the annual Art + Architecture Competition in Canada represents a warming hut called “Stackhouse.” This art installation is placed along Winnipeg’s river trail and will remain there until the end of the skating season.
Geometric patterns by Jim Denevan
Jim Denevan is an American artist who creates temporary drawings on earth, sand, and ice, which are eventually erased by weather and waves. Although many of his geometric patterns can be easily called masterpieces of contemporary art, a large-scale artwork on the frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia definitely stands out. This striking art installation created in 2010 represents a series of circles that are based on the Fibonacci sequence and vary from 18 inches to several miles in diameter. For today, this 31-km-sq art installation is the largest ice artwork ever.
Ice dress by Okamoto Studio
If you live in New York City, most likely you have heard about Okamoto Studio that is famous for small and large sculptures made from ice. Though their designs are usually custom created for New York events, holidays, weddings, and corporate parties, they are also known for incredible ice art pieces. One of the most outstanding large sculptures by Okamoto Studio is the ice dress created in 2012. Inspired by Tilda Swinton’s ice queen in “The Chronicles of Narnia,” this beautiful gown survived for only 30 minutes, but it was enough to take several fantastic photos.