Ice sculptures to bring whimsy to Gold Rush |

Ice sculptures to bring whimsy to Gold Rush

FRISCO – Whimsical wizards, frivolous fairies, devious dragons, noble knights, and a king-size castle all constructed of ice … has Hogwarts moved to Summit? Perhaps not. But even Harry Potter might be enchanted by the display that will grace Main Street Frisco’s Historic Park Saturday. Frisco Information Center director Jill Clement teamed up with ice experts Ted Struckman, Laurie Petty and Kevin Petty to bring “Mystical, Magical, ‘Magination” to the mountains. This theme will inspire the creation of a 7-foot ice castle. More than 100 blocks of ice weighing 275 pounds each will be brought in for the project scheduled to begin today. “The blocks are like cultured pearls,” said Clement. Tended every four to eight hours, each block takes three to five days to form and must be tempered before carving so it will not fracture. The structure will be carved using a combination of modern computer technology and old fashioned chain saw shearing. Struckman, owner of Struckman Sculpture Ice, will use a computerized system to create 2D designs that will ornament the castle with artful details and corporate logos. Kevin Petty will be responsible for creating the 3D figures and thrones using his chain saw and the designs imagined by his wife, Laurie. The cost of the project, approximately $7,000, is mostly covered by corporate sponsors.

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