ice sculptures by Vivat and Art Hongpong
(Also, check out the secrets blog entry about Vivat and Art Hongpong.)
Vivat Hongpong at work on “The Sound of Paradise” at the Olympic Arts Festival in Provo, UT in 2002. The competition featured ice sculptors from all over the world representing their respective countries.
Vivat stands in front of his Mike Tyson & boxing ring ice sculpture. Notice that even the corner posts and mat are made of ice.
A detailed ice sculpture of the U.S. Capitol building is used as a centerpiece for a splendid seafood display.
This multi-block mask ice sculpture features delicate snowfall engraving around the mask and stylized ice candle holders.
a life-sized seafood ice chef
Art Hongpong crouches behind his multi-block phoenix ice sculpture.
Art works with an electric chainsaw on a multi-block sculpture.
a nearly life-sized ice truck with a delicious seafood cargo
Vivat at work on “The Sound of Paradise.” Vivat and Art teamed up to work on this sculpture for the 2002 Olympic Arts Festival ice carving event.
Here's an elaborate logo ice sculpture for Hollywood Casino with snowfill engraved lettering. White snow is packed in to the engraved letters and then allowed to freeze.
This intricately carved ice carriage features heart shaped windows, delicate detailing, and even has a diminutive ice coachman.
Vivat works late at night on “The Sound of Paradise.” The competition was 17 hours long and went overnight so that carvers could take advantage of colder overnight temperatures.
Vivat runs Vivat Ice Classics in New Jersey and can be contacted at (609) 652-3270.
Late at night in Provo, Vivat uses a die grinder to shape a piece of ice that will become a part of “The Sound of Paradise.” Even though both Art and Vivat currently live in the U.S., the Hongpongs are Thai and represented Thailand in the competition.
Art and a teammate work on a sailfish piece at an outdoor ice carving competition. Ice carving competitions are usually either two person team or solo events.
Vivat and Art stand next to their large multi-block New Year's ice presentation. The Hongpongs froze multiple blocks of ice together to create the extra-large sculpture.
Art carefully attaches an antenna to a large butterfly ice sculpture. To help him freeze it in place, he uses a can of chemical refrigerant.
In the end Vivat's & Art's sculpture,“The Sound of Paradise,” earned the Gold medal at the Olympic Arts Festival ice carving competition.
Here's another view of “The Sound of Paradise,” which closely matches the view of the smaller clay maquette in the next photo. The maquette is miniature version of the sculpture.
Father and son celebrate their Gold medal win at the awards ceremony following the ice carving competition in Provo.
Here's the maquette for “The Sound of Paradise," the Hongpongs' Gold medal winning piece from the 2002 Olympic event. Ice sculptors sometimes will use maquettes for reference in major competitions.