Lucy of Hine Marketing (Polo Times) commissioned us to create a Porsche 911 Vodka Luge to be put on display at Brands Hatch for a Corporate function. In creating such a sculpture, we have two options - either hand-carve or CNC. For dramatic and theatrical purposes as well as to make a very bold statement, we decided to CNC the Porsche 911.
We plotted the picture Lucy sent to us which took several hours. We then let-loose the cutting blade controlled by the computer's plotting programme. After a few hours the sculpture was complete.
We used two ice blocks in this creation. The overall dimensions were 1m in length (from left to right), half a meter tall and almost a meter wide - very, very heavy and very impressive. If you look carefully, you can see the join of the two ice blocks - right down the middle.
There are pros and cons when using a CNC machine. One of the Pros being, one can obtain some phenomenal and incredible detail. The secret is in the plotting of the image. The longer we take and the more points we plot, the more detail we can obtain. However, the downside is the finer the detail the quicker potentially that detail will melt and disappear. As with any Ice sculpture or Vodka Luge, we are at the mercy of the ambient temperature in the room and of the day. The warmer the room or day is, the quicker the ice will melt - a fact of life we cannot get away from. After all, the sculpture is made from 100% ice' and ice will melt.
Then second secret to keeping any luge alive longer, is to not only place it in the coldest part of the room you can, but away from heating, windows and warm breezes. Packing the base of the sculpture will to a point keep the core-temperature down and prolong its life.
No. of Ice Blocks - TWO
Item - Ice Sculpture or Vodka Luge
Format - Landscape
Height - 1/2m x 1m wide
Text - No
Delivery to venue - Yes
Complete set-up of sculpture at venue - Yes
Lighting included - Yes
Lighting set-up created for you at venue - Yes
Drain Tray - Yes
Thick-bore Tubing - Yes
12-point Check Assessment - Yes