Edward S. Fink's 360˚ panoramic
St. Paul Winter Carnival and Ice Palace photos

part of a 360˚ panorama photo of the St. Paul Ice Palace taken by Ed S. Fink of bigeyeinthesky.com
This is the oldest carnival of its type in the country.
You know how they say “a picture is worth a thousand words?” After you see the “photos” in the links below, you might figure a spherical panoramic photo is worth about a hundred pictures. I accidentally ran into www.bigeyeinthesky.com, a site by Ed S. Fink, when I was looking for artwork samples for a sculpture. Ed has all sorts of panoramic photos on his site, but I was particularly interested in his Ice Palace panoramas. They’re from the 2004 St. Paul Winter Carnival (the last one is from 2005) and show the ice blocks being harvested, the Palace under construction, and various events at the Palace. And given the zoom and rotation features of his photos, it’s the next best thing to being there, only not as cold. To check them out, I believe you’ll need to have Quicktime installed on your computer (Almost all Macs have this already, as do most Windows machines nowadays.) Otherwise, visit www.apple.com/quicktime/download. Clicking the photo links will take you to page on bigeyeinthesky.com. Here's the secrets blog entry that introduced this page.
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Ice Harvesting on Lake Phalen:
The 27,000 blocks of ice for the Ice Palace are cut and floated across the lake to the conveyer belt where they are rolled to shore and stacked for shipment to the construction site.

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Ice Palace Construction:
Construction of the Ice Palace required hundreds of skilled volunteers and the same heavy equipment as for a 'real' building.

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Ice Shipping at Lake Phalen:
Blocks of ice are stacked and awaiting shipment to the Ice Palace construction site.




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Ice Palace Construction - View from Crane:
Cranes were essential in building the 75 ft. tall Ice Palace.

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Ice Palace On Opening Night:
With the flip of the giant ice switch, the lights were turned on and the ice palace opened to the public.

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Ice Palace Construction - Finishing Touches:
One day before opening, workers put the finishing touches on the Ice Palace.

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Ice Palace Opening Night Concert:
The Casablanca Orchestra performed during subzero temperatures on opening night of the 118th Winter Carnival.

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Ice Palace Skating Rink:
Above zero temperatures and sunshine brought out the crowds on the first weekend of the 2004 Winter Carnival.

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Ice Palace By Day:
Above zero temperatures and sunshine brought out the crowds on the first weekend of the 2004 Winter Carnival.




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Ice Palace Pennies:
Children on a school field trip find that coins from a warm pocket will freeze onto the Ice Palace.

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Newlyweds at the Ice Palace:
Newlyweds pose for pictures at the Ice Palace on the last day of Winter Carnival.

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Ice Sculptures:
The Winter Carnival includes an ice sculpture competition at Rice Park.

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Ice Palace Concert:
A band performs at the Ice Palace on the last day of Winter Carnival.

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U.S. Army Ice Sculpture:
The U.S. Army puts the finishing touches on their entry in the 2005 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture contest.

The text and photos below were taken directly from Ed’s site and are used with permission. All of the photos and captions are © Ed S. Fink and www.bigeyeinthesky.com.

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