Humanity can make art with anything. Clay, stone, metal, water, ice and one can be certain that there is art made of feces somewhere out there. In the future, humans might use the sun itself to create art, or frozen water spinning through space. If a person could make art with space itself, I am sure one of us would. Right now, we have to be content with ice carving, metalworking and basket weaving.
Though the latter is probably the safest of the three mentioned above, it is certainly one of the most boring. To be fair, as an art, basket weaving is good because it is also highly useable: one may have their pretty, woven basket to carry things in. One can sell the millions of baskets made per year and make a tidy profit. It could be a good business. But ice carving is much cooler - literally. Imagine going to a fancy dinner with a pretty ice sculpture centerpiece. Going near it might be a little chilly, but if your drink needs some cooling, one can always just grab an unnoticeably small amount from maybe the swan’s wing or beak.
Where metalworking involves high heat, heavy and sharp objects and dirtiness all around and basket weaving one has to put up with splinters, with ice carving, one has to deal with the cold. Talk about suffering for one’s art, eh? Numbness will be second nature to ones extremities and given time, the fingers will be able to operate without feeling. Because hands are fundamental to carving ice, one should always layer-up the other parts of one’s body. Thy feet do not need to be cold, nor does thy head.
An excellent thing about ice carving that metalworking and basket weaving cannot touch is the availability of materials. Unless, of course, you are between the latitudes of 23.5 South and 23.5 north, ice might be harder to come by. If you are anywhere outside of that region, the availability of ice is huge. It literally makes itself. Rather, the environment makes it for you, but you get the point.
Ice carving has been around for a long time. The earliest known record is from 600 BC, when Shensi warrior-farmers wrote about ice harvesting. But they only used the ice to keep their fish from going bad in the summer months, not for making intricate palaces or artwork. And if attacking a block of ice to create something beautiful is not enough, then how about this: you get to use a chainsaw. That’s right, a chainsaw.
Be very careful with that chainsaw. Especially in ice carving, chainsaws can be very dangerous - even lethal. If you saw Evil Dead II and noticed how Ash knocked the chainsaw back at the headless corpse wielding it, know that that is actual physics at work, not movie magic. Such a thing could happen to anyone. Be careful with chainsaws while ice carving your art. So if you like the cold and creating your own ice cubes, carving is for you.
This article was written by Theron Niewieroski on behalf of ISA Attractions, the ice kingdom is a 15,000 sq foot frozen wonderland made entirely out of ice. Gigantic ice sculptures of buildings, animals, people and places are beautifully recreated by an International team of expert ice carvers. To know more about the tools used in ice carving, visit eHow.com.