London Ice Sculpting Festival 2014, Canary Wharf

Artists have come from all over the world to battle it out in London’s annual ice sculpting competition, which ends this evening with the winner being announced at Wood Wharf at 5pm. 

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Each of the sculptors represents a different country, and will be hacking away in a number of different competitions – single block (inspired by the theme ‘River Life’) freestyle, and BIG BLOCK.

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The winners are decided by a panel of art experts, except for the big block competition which is decided with a Simon Cowell style public vote.

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Yesterday the sculptures were still taking shape (much of them sadly covered by massive blue tarpaulins due to the pesky sunshine which made an appearance just when no one wanted to see it), so today is definitely the time to go if you want to see the finished artworks in all their icy glory.

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There’s also plenty to get involved in, from learning how to carve your own mini ice block at one of the masterclasses to kiddy activities – and there’s a winter food market for those who just can’t quite let go of the Christmas markets just yet.

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Canary Wharf’s ice rink is also still open – if you want to make a real icy day of it. Booking is advised.

How to find the ice
How to find the ice

The Verdict: Worth a look, particularly at night – here’s a picture I got of one of last year’s sculptures all lit up at night time..

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Also: Wear ALL YOUR CLOTHES, Canary Wharf is a hell of a lot colder than the rest of London, and probably the world.

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London Ice Sculpting Festival
Wood Wharf
Jubilee Place Shopping Malls
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5AX

Entrance is FREE.

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