2011 OC Fair Ice Museum
Roland stands before a wall of blue ice blocks explaining how he wants the reef shark and the multicolored reef to look.
These are just a few of the many colored ice blocks before they were moved into the freezer to be incorporated into the huge ice art display.
The basic structure of a blue ice arch is in place. Later, this arch would be shaped and detailed so that the ice block look was gone.
Before major sculpting began, the ice sculptors were faced with a jumble of ice blocks, some colored, some clear.
While sculptors worked in the nearby deep freeze, vendors got ready to sell deep-fried butter (How is that possible?!) and chocolated-covered bacon.
Oops, outdated info! The fair posted a lot of nicely done signs outside of the museum that had lots of ice trivia. Evidently, the new Guinness record for the longest ice bar didn't make it in time for this sign.
Here's the ice shark, partly complete, sitting atop the uncarved reef. A small strut near the front of the shark's head relieves the stress on the large weld at the center of the shark until more ice can be removed.
This massive 600 pound double can ice block was used for the front half of the reef shark. Despite the block's size, it's almost completely clear!
Roland Hernandez of Carving Ice works on his jellyfish ice sculpture for one of the Ice Museum's front viewing windows.
Here's the finished jellyfish ice sculpture by Roland, sitting in front of a viewing window and lit with pink LED lighting.
Mark Daukas works on a small section of his multi-block King Neptune display, which also includes an intricately sculpted ice seahorse as well as ice dolphins.
This shark ice sculpture sits atop its multi-colored ice reef. At this point, the display is nearly finished, although the reef would later get some additional smaller ice creatures added to it.
Mark Daukas' multi-block King Neptune ice sculpture sits partly complete in front of the blue walls of the Ice Museum. (photo courtesy of Jim Ottens)
A single block manta ray ice sculpture is on display in front of one of the viewing windows. The design for this sculptures is in the secrets blog.
Both types of seahorses, the normal one on the right and the hybrid horse/fish hippocampus on the left, sit next to one another before they are set on their ice pedestals. Both were sculpted by Mark Daukas.
A different kind of "seahorse," this hippocampus combines horse and fish, and was sculpted by Mark Daukas.
A finished Daukas goldfish piece sits on its pedestal in front of one of the Ice Museum's viewing windows.
A large red ice coral piece by Roland stands with the goldfish ice sculpture by Mark Daukas in the background.
The skilled CNC ice artists at Carving Ice created an icy version of the famous Japanese print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."
Mark Daukas puts finishing touches on his double sailfish ice sculpture for one of the nine viewing windows.
Roland Hernandez carved this delicate sea fan ice sculpture for a viewing window. The secrets blog includes a similar design.
This sea turtle ice sculpture has a delicate base to support it. The sea turtle design that's in the secrets blog is a little more robust, but also more refined.
Another nearby (but separate) ice sculpting attraction at the fair was the series of live sculpting shows put on by the Chainsaw Chicks. (photo courtesy of Jim Ottens)
Much like a real angelfish in a fishbowl, Daukas' ice angelfish, looks out at a world it could never live in: a warm summer day in California as the Orange County Fair prepares to open.
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