Ice-carving event coming soon |

Ice-carving event coming soon

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL ” Vail’s first ever winter ice sculpture event will take place this winter beginning Jan. 8 and will feature 15 outdoor sculptures placed throughout Vail Village. The event, called Triumph Winterfest, is being sponsored by the Town of Vail Art in Public Places program with funding provided by Triumph Development, a real estate development company.

The sculptures will be designed by Lawrence Argent, the artist responsible for the Big Blue Bear sculpture that has become the signature of the Denver Convention Center. Argent is collaborating with local ice sculptor Scott Rella whose sculptures have delighted Vail visitors for years. Rella will begin carving the ice in early January. The event will continue through the winter until the ice melts.

According to Leslie Fordham, Art in Public Places coordinator, the sculptures will celebrate the elements of Vail’s winter environment with organic shapes, 10 to 15 feet high. Each of the forms will have an environmental theme and will be lit internally with energy-efficient LEDs that will be programmed to change color throughout the evening.

“The beauty will be in the size, shape and the lighting,” she said.

Some of the sculptures will be out in the open; others will be placed among the trees on Gore Creek Promenade near the International Bridge. Triumph Development President Steve Virostek is contributing $50,000 to the Art in Public Places Winterfest program to fulfill a public art obligation as part of the Willows redevelopment project, plus an additional $50,000 in voluntary funding to help support the event into the future. “Hopefully the Triumph Winterfest program will be another positive contributing factor to the wonderful Vail experience enjoyed by residents and guests alike,” said Virostek.

Fordham says AIPP’s vision is to create an annual event that will build in size and reputation each year featuring the visual arts with elements such as ice, snow and illumination. She says AIPP Board Member Dorothy Browning was instrumental in developing the Winterfest concept as a way to delight and entertain the community through art.

As the ice carving begins, there will be ample opportunities for the public to look on and see the creative process from start to finish.

For more information, contact Fordham at 479-2344.

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