Sometimes a bitter winter season can keep an entire neighborhood indoors until it’s time to visit the local baseball team’s spring training, but last weekend Manayunk held an outdoors ice sculpting event that attracted hundreds to Main Street.
The event, dubbed Manayunk on Ice, celebrated the ice sculptures of over 30 different artists whom displayed their pieces beside local businesses and on designated streets as pedestrians stopped and marveled at sculptures that survived hours in the tolerable cold weather.
Fear No Ice, an ice sculpting company from Philadelphia, presented the idea to Manayunk’s Development Corp. last year and convinced the organizaion it was the best way to get people out of their winter blues.
Nicole Troxel, 21, a retail manager from East Falls, said she never expected to be so amazed by ice sculptures, “They really are beautiful,” Troxel said. “I wonder how long it took them to prepare?”
For many artists, an ice sculpture takes weeks to design and just a few hours or less to carve out of a block of ice.
Some of the artists, including Peter Slavin, prepared the sculptures in front of a crowd clenching hot coffees.
The event was kicked off by an ice bonfire and ended with attendees voting for the best sculpture of the show.