sculpting "Ancestral Spirit" in Alaska with Junichi (long version, part 1)
Also, this is the long version of the sequence, so there's a second part. A shorter version (36 photos) is available as well, if you know, you just don't have a whole lot of time to sit in front of the computer today. Also, here's the secrets entry that introduces the sequence, in case you're curious.
Template layout: Junichi and Shinichi stand over the design template. The design depicts an eagle on the arm of a Native American warrior
Template layout: The large template required that we clear out a lot of floor space in order to see the entire template at once
Moving the ice: Heavy equipment is required to move the massive blocks
O’Grady Pond: Right next to the ice park, this pond is the ice source for the competition. Note the blocks scattered on the pond’s surface
Raw blocks: Each team has 10 massive, blue “arctic diamonds” with which to craft their sculpture over 6 long, cold days
Site prep: We have to ready the site before ice carving begins. The black backdrop will shade the sculpture and help with photos.
Starting the foundation: The competition has begun and our design requires 2 blocks as a base level
Ice sign detail: This is the sculpture design, shown frozen into an ice sign placed in front of our site
Second level: After the lower level has been squared off and surfaced, a third block is stacked on top
More sections: The design includes horizontal step portions that are added next
Foundation assembly: Completing the sculpture’s foundation is the bottom section of the warrior’s spear
Base of the spear: The template for the lower section of the spear applied to a slab of ice.
Figure midsection: The template for the figure’s midsection is applied to an uncut block
Head and chest: The template for the figure’s head, chest, and shoulders on an uncut block. It will be turned horizontally during assembly
Reapplication of templates: Templates are reapplied to the correct depth after the block has been cut back
Rough carving: Junichi rough carves the combined midsection and head & chest blocks.
Shaping the figure: The template use has nearly ended as the figure takes on details and rounded surfaces
Face: The figure’s huge face takes shape. Notice the fracture running through the nose and chin
Starting the eagle: Templates for the eagle are applied to large block sections after they’re moved into position
Ready for lifting: The figure is ready to be hoisted onto the foundation
Wing curvature: Notice that the right wing of the eagle will have a noticeable curvature based on the initial block placement
Top of the right wing: This will help attach the other lower wing portion of the right wing to the eagle’s body. The red square is a lifting point
Left wing template: This is the bottom portion of the left wing
Right wing and head complete: Use of templates has ended for most of the eagle. Notice the support strut running from body to wing
Left wing template: The entire left wing is now ready to be carved out of the block after a large section of ice was broken and repaired
Carving the left wing: Shinichi stands ready to carve the left wing. Notice the finished spear head in the background
Raising the left wing: Notice the broken feather (second from the right) which will be easily repaired
Left wing complete: The left wing is ready to be moved into position for attachment to the eagle. A crane operator checks the strap placement
Wing attachment: The left wing is skillfully lowered onto the body of the eagle while Shinichi looks on
Using shims: Junichi uses shims to help position the wing at the correct angle for attachment
Eagle ready for placement: The assembled eagle will be raised and placed on the figure’s arm
Right wing backside: Notice the lack of detailing and the surface texturing on the back. A support strut is indicated in red
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