I like to travel, but even I know that zipping around the globe to see all these iconic landmarks of the world would be impossible to do. Unless, you were seeing them carved in ice at IceFest in Hamilton, Ohio, which touts itself at ‘The City of Sculpture.’
The ice sculpture festival is held every 2-3 years and revolves around a theme. The theme of 2011’s IceFest depicted great books, and it was fantastic. This year, the theme was “Landmarks of the World” – right up my alley!
An estimated 200 blocks and 40 tons of ice were used for sculptures lining High Street. We had the chance to watch ice carvers in action.
Luckily, visitors this year did not feel like ice cubes themselves. We actually enjoyed mild weather that day, which didn’t bode well for Abraham Lincoln. His neck got so thin that we weren’t sure he would make it through the day.
Lady Liberty got so hot she dropped her torch.
IceFest also promoted a photography contest during the event. The Lady Liberty picture is my favorite, though I was generally disappointed with the way my pictures turned out, and don’t know that any are different than the ones ALL the other photographers were taking, too. Everyone had a camera. I’m not sure I’ll enter. But if I do, I think it would be Big Ben, Lady Liberty, or this one:
Which one do you like best?