Spectacular Castles Built with 20,000 Pounds of Ice

This spectacular winter wonderland is a frozen labyrinth of caverns, archways, glacial formations, and tunnels in Colorado, Utah, and New Hampshire. Creator Brent Christensen began building these insane designs when he and his family first moved to Utah. A combination of artistic endeavor and cabin fever led to his first at-home attempt which his kids dubbed the “Ice Castle.” He gradually developed his idea and has since moved from the backyard into much larger spaces where everyone is welcome to purchase tickets and wander through. ?

Each winter, Christensen and a full team of sculptors start by producing more than 5,000 icicles that are then collected and arranged together as the scaffolding of the structures. The large frame is then drenched in water twice a day for a few weeks until the ice is thick enough to carve. Each castle includes unexpected frozen formations caused by natural interactions like temperatures and wind combined with hand-carved towers and passageways. The adventurous constructions are made completely out of 20,000 pounds of ice and snow that are prime for exploration!

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January 22, 2017

Felted Bird Sculptures Celebrate the Colorful Details of Peacock Feathers

Captivated by color and fascinated with feathers, Australian artist Jill Ffrench handcrafts enchanting felted birds. In her splendid series of peacock pieces, Ffrench pays particular attention to the creatures’ tail feathers, which she adorns with beautifully balanced patterns and eye-catching designs. Composed only of wire, wax, and a range of colorful felt, the sculptures convey both the beauty of birds and the capabilities of the craft itself.

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January 21, 2017

Fluttering Paper Birds Intricately Cut From Old Maps and Atlases

With vintage maps and aged atlases as her guides, London-based artist Claire Brewster crafts airy and ethereal avian cut-outs. Her colorful collection of paper birds play with negative space and silhouettes to illustrate the elegant aesthetic of birds in flight. Each figure features intricately carved feathers that appear to delicately flutter. With extended wings and alternating positions, the birds demonstrate the unique gestures of flying birds.

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