Dominic from Transactor Ltd e-mailed us with a few ideas he and hios committee had for their company summer party - including recreating their logo in ice. Like all committees, they were undecided on what exactly to have. Though the definitely knew they wanted a Vodka Luge! When I asked what theme was, Dominic replied "Art Deco".
This then opened a flood gate of ideas - from Art Deco clocks, mirrors, 1920's cars, Fritz Lang's Metropolis film to...well, the list went on and on. Two of the ideas we came up with were the Empire State Building and The Chrysler Building - both having that 'Art Deco' feel and look.
Dominic loved the idea of the Chrysler building and asked if we could 'pull it off''.
The proof of the pudding is looking to your left. There is only a certain amount we can do in ice. Every Ice Sculpture or Vodka Luge we create is always an 'impression' and can never be a very detailed piece - it would simply melt too fast! We can of course create detail, but this is always the first to disappear. Any carving is a compromise.
The Chrysler building was started in 1928 and finished two years later in 1930 - so it filled Dominic's theme and time frame perfectly - Art Deco at its finest. The building in New York stands an impressive 1,046 feet (319 m) tall - our Luge took 1 1/2 ice blocks to create and stood almost 1.5m tall. This is a sculpture that would have looked 'wrong' and out of proportion if made from just a single ice block. Two ice blocks would have been 'over-the-top' and in our opinion, just a tad too tall.
When the building was built it was the tallest building in the world, but unfortunately did not hold that title for long - just until 30th April the following year in 1931, eleven months after building started. Strolling around New York and along Lexington Avenue The Chrysler Building it is still an iconic and impressive structure - GREAT for a 1920's theme!
No. of Ice Blocks - ONE-and-a-HALF
Item - Ice Sculpture or Vodka Luge
Format - Portrait
Height - 1.5m x 1/2m 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