Some of the most fun and interesting ice sculptures we do are for events with a theme. For example, in the photo at left, the party had clearly gone to the dogs! Catahoula's Restaurant in historic Grand Couteau, La. decided to make one of our ice sculptures the centerpiece for their grand opening. Along with delicious food, the restaurant features large photos of Catahoula breed dogs all along the walls, so our ice was a perfect compliment to the decor.
If you have a theme or a look for your event, we can design a sculpture that will complement it. There are few limitations with ice and you can be sure that we'll provide a dazzling centerpiece for your event!
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We use a color-changing, rotating display tray with the disco ball ice sculpture, so it really looks groovy in a darkened room next to the dance floor!
Nom, nom, nom, nom! We'll assume that the ice sculpted version of our childhood favorite is more partial to ice cream cookies than the normal kind. Our blue furry friend comes complete with googly eyes and a cookie in his paw.
When the Fairmont Hotel was operating, we would carve this striking Viking ship ice sculpture annually for a particular group. It would be filled with shot glasses of chilled aquavit, which is a traditional Scandinavian flavored spirit dating from at least the 16th century.
"The Lone Sailor" is a bronze sculpture at the the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. that pays tribute to all the sea services personnel. There are at least 11 copies of this statue around the country. For a little while at a formal ball at NAS Pensacola, there was a 12th.
Combining fire and ice always makes for an impressive and eye-catching display. At a store event on Magazine street in New Orleans, we set this logo ice sculpture in front of a compact, clean burning fireplace and watched the real flames flicker through the flame design cut into the ice.
Any sizable bird has to put an substantial amount of effort into breaking gravity's hold and it usually looks pretty impressive as they begin to break free. So birds taking flight make great subjects for ice sculpture and this duck at the Intercontinental New Orleans is no exception.
More elaborate than a simple musical note, a treble clef is a universal symbol for music. This sculpture can be easily customized by adding words or a name below. The ice sculpture was used at an event at a French Quarter restaurant.
Not only is it one of most magnificent buildings in the world, but the Taj Mahal has a strong association with love, as it was built by a 17th century Mughal emperor grief stricken by the death of his third wife. Lit with dramatic pink lighting, we created this ice sculpture for a wedding reception at the Roosevelt Hotel.
We've sculpted a number of elephants out of ice over the year (most recently due to the resurgence of the Crimson Tide football team) and have found that African elephants make better subjects for ice sculptures than they're Asian counterparts. The larger ears and tusks give the ice a better silhouette.
This Buddha ice sculpture serenely melts away at an event at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. Although this is the only Buddha we've ever sculpted from ice, he's a wonderful subject for the medium and the purity of the ice brings to mind the journey to achieve purity of spirit.
The brown pelican is a frequent sight all along the Gulf Coast and it's a welcome relief that this beautiful bird has managed to fight back from its previously threatened status. It's one of our favorite subjects for ice sculptures and we have a variety of designs for it.
We've sculpted this anchor ice carving a few times for a Baton Rouge sorority and it's also fit in well at other events with a nautical theme.
Fortunately, it was a little chilly that night, but certainly this frozen winter castle melted away far more quickly in Metairie than it might have in a more northern location. However, it required several 300 lb. blocks of ice (and another made into snow to spread at the base), and that much ice takes a long time to melt, no matter how hot it is.
The angelfish is a popular subject for ice sculpture, largely due to its strong silhouette, large fins, and smooth, flowing lines. We sculpted this piece for a Biloxi casino resort.
If you have an ice sculpture in the shape of a giant dollar sign, it's a pretty good bet that you're trying to show off a bit. So we made this big money ice sculpture even a bit more extravagant by giving it some bling: a bubbly texture.
Dynamic and delicate, the dragonfly is a fantastic subject for ice sculpture. This mosquito hawk is supported by only thin wings as he flies above a hotel Sunday brunch.
Eagles are a popular subject for ice sculpting; the eagles dramatic wings and beak translate well into ice. However, this particular eagle is facing a bit of sunshine. Sunshine brings a little good and a lot of bad to ice. While it makes for some of the best ice sculpture photos, excessive sunlight breaks clear ice down from the inside, turning sculptures first grey and then white. Eventually, it causes them to completely collapse. So don't put your ice sculpture in the sun; you won't like the end result.
Although they don't last long around one another, while it lasts, fire and ice make a great team! For this Tiki head sculpture (which we call a Firegod), a hole was drilled through the center of the sculpture. Propane gas was piped into the bottom of the sculpture and the gas at the top was ignited. The sculpture (and its nearby twin) looked fantastic as the flame worked its way down inside the ice!
Carving this giant perch (or barramundi) ice sculpture offered an opportunity to add a lot of detail with the scales. Although this sort of small detailing doesn't hold up all that long, it looked great for part of the Sunday brunch where the sculpture was used. And even after the scales melted away, the fish still had plenty of deeper detailing left.
In this cartoonish ice sculpture, the little fish is about to be eaten by the medium fish and the medium fish is about to be eaten by the large fish. Another larger version of the sculpture adds an even bigger fish.
Usually when people talk about cruise ships and ice sculptures, they're referring to the ice sculptures that they saw while on a cruise. Instead, this cruise ship ice sculpture was done for an event hundreds of miles from any body of water large enough to hold a cruise ship.
Lots of planning and hours in the freezer resulted in a largely faithful ice reproduction of the death mask of one of the most famous Egyptian pharaohs: King Tutankhamun. The ice sculpture was used at an Egyptian-themed event for a Biloxi casino.
Dolphins are another popular subject for ice sculpture and we have a variety of dolphin sculpture designs. This carving was done for a casino Sunday brunch and its color come from blue and green lighting.
This mermaid and shells ice sculpture was a centerpiece at a rather elegant wedding at Treasure Bay Resort in Biloxi, MS. Mermaids are a popular subject for ice sculpture and we have several mermaid designs.
These painted butterflies are colored with real paint: non-toxic water-based tempura paint is frozen into their wings from the back side. This ice sculpture was created for a special Mayoral event at the Audubon Tea Room at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
Nowadays, ice sculptors will often use machines to make ice art. (We use them for some of the trickier logo work that we do.) Capable of working round the clock and they never get cold, these machines are in a sense, ice sculpture robots. Somewhat less common is the unusual robot ice sculpture, like this one that we made for a museum event.
This red stiletto high heel ice sculpture was part of the premier party for a specialty vodka: Stiletto Vodka. The party was held at Nola, one of Chef Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans restaurants. The sculpture was detailed with a special tool to give it bubbles all over its surface. This sculpture has since become very popular for women's birthday parties.
This surfer and dolphin was specially carved for hotel photoshoot to show off their Sunday brunch. Giving the surfer a dynamic look was particularly challenging.
There's almost an infinite variety of themes available for special events. One we run in to frequently, however, is the "winter wonderland" theme. This probably because ice sculptures are go-to decorations for this theme. We have lots of snowflakes and other icy designs. Other possibilities might be a snowball fight scene or perhaps Jack Frost or an ice queen.
Another natural setting for ice sculptures is fire and ice themed events. You can keep the fire and the ice separate, but if you really want to go crazy, run the fire through the ice! Check out our fire god tiki head ice sculptures to see what we mean. (There's a pic above and a video at the bottom of the gallery.)
Ice sculptures have a long standing relationship with fresh seafood largely because the ice helps keep the seafood tasty throughout an event. Not surprisingly, there are a LOT of sea life ice sculpture possibilities. We have several mermaid and dolphin concepts as well as tons of fish sculpture designs.
Because of its physical characteristics, ice is well suited to art deco designs and ice sculptors often incorporate art deco stylings in their sculptures. Art deco often features bold lines and an emphasis on silhouette. Popular in the years between WWI and WWII, the style is prominent in the recent Great Gatsby movie, and and fits, for example a Roaring 20's theme very well.