Well, our frosty masterpieces have been bamboozled by a cruel and vengeful Mother Nature – they disintegrated, rapidly melting and crumbling, suffering an inelegant demise.
You can still have your say until Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5 pm when voting will close. If you visited and haven’t had a chance to vote for your favourite Chiseled sculpture, now’s the time!
We were thrilled to welcome back 7 teams of internationally acclaimed ice carving artists for the return of Edmonton’s International Ice Carving Competition, now called Chiseled. Each team had 34 hours and 15 blocks of ice to complete their sculpture.
Between January 18 – 20, 2024, ice was fused, sweat rolled, and creativity reigned at the ICE District Plaza. The carvers were hard at work creating their masterpieces and the judges were deep in deliberation.
Now that the ice shavings have settled we’re excited to announce the winners!
Chiseled 2024 Competition
The Chiseled 2024 competition featured the following teams:
- A Stiff Cleve – Clifford Vacheresse and Steve Buzak from Edmonton creating Float
- Carvin’ Buddies – Scott Harrison from Calgary and Ross Baisas from the Philippines creating Dragon Queen
- Chainsaw Massacre – Yann Blanchard from France and Brad Froehlich from Winnipeg creating Don’t Like To Be Tied Down
- Elegant Ice Dreams – Mowafak Nema from Iraq and Don Lowing from the United States creating Eagles.
- Lazy Ninjas – Kee Gawah from Malaysia and Larry MacFarlane from Winnipeg creating The Dance
- License to Chill – Victor Dagatan from the Philippines and Andrew Zoller from Calgary creating The Huntress
- The Frosty Collies – Kamron Garbe from Regina and Jynae Bergeron from Kelowna creating Hammer Time
FAQs about Ice Carving
Carving ice is made through a special process that freezes water from the bottom up in a Clinebell machine. This process allows the impurities to rise to the top and be trimmed off, resulting in a crystal clear block of ice. Each block of ice is 1M (40″) X .5M (20″) X .25M (10″) and weighs 135 KG (297 LBS).
It is a fascinating process, visit our supplier, Ice Culture, and check out some of their videos.
This competition will have a People’s Choice Award, as well as being professionally judged. Our judges look at the following criteria when considering their score:
First impression – is the sculpture attractive?
Structure – how did the sculptors use the ice?
Skill and technique – how technical and challenging is the design?
Details – how refined are the details based on the carving conditions?
Artistry – what is the composition, balance, flow of the design?
Creativity – how original is the piece?
Artistic merit – overall beauty and lasting impression
Absolutely! There are amazing photo opportunities. The carvings are lit up at night and are truly spectacular. We really appreciate when our guests share photos on social media. Please tag us @chiseledyeg and use the hashtag #chiseled2024 so we can show them off too.
PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE CARVINGS – enjoy them with your eyes.
Each of the ice carvings in the competition area weighs over 2,000 kgs (4,500 lbs) and can seriously injure you if a piece breaks off.
Chiseled 2024 Gallery
Chiseled -Edmonton's International Ice Carving Competition - on display in the ICE District downtown Edmonton