February has been a busy month for Hamilton Ice Sculptors, with a range of exciting projects taking place. Jack and Ben were involved in creating and installing a series of coastal-themed sculptures for a sculpture trail in Seaham, County Durham, which were located at the Dalton Park Outlet centre. These sculptures added a unique and artistic touch to the trail, showcasing the creativity and skill of the Hamilton Ice Sculptors team.
One of the most notable projects that took place during February was the creation of an arch made entirely from ice, which was used as a performance piece for the research and development week at National Theatre Studios. Arch was developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme.
Arch is an exploration of humans and materials, revealing the beauty and flaws of the global systems we imagine, build, and come to rely on. Arch Sharing is a performance installation. Two people attempt to build a freestanding arch, made two thirds of concrete blocks and one third of ice blocks. A choir accompanies the performance, offering both fragility and hope.
Arch is a Kaleider production and the research and development is supported by IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, in the frame of the project UN(COMMON) SPACES, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and supported by Freedom Festival Arts Trust.
This impressive structure demonstrated our team’s ability to create large-scale and intricate ice sculptures and was no doubt a memorable addition to the performance.
Ben was also involved in setting up a Poseidon/Neptune sculpture for Sonnatrach in the Mandarin Oriental. This sculpture showcased the team’s ability to create sculptures for corporate events and hotels, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space. There’s a video of this awe-inspiring piece on our Instagram page, which is definitely worth checking out.
Overall, February was a month full of exciting projects and creative endeavours for Hamilton Ice Sculptors. Whether creating sculptures for public spaces, creating newsletters, or showcasing our skills through performance pieces, the team continues to demonstrate our artistic flair and dedication to their craft. We can’t wait to see what is in store for us in the coming months.