The Food Artist Group visited SeaWorld, in San Antonio Texas, for two weeks of fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations.
The Food Artist Group was created by Food Network Star, James Parker, and includes some of the most talented artists from many different countries. Among those, Greg Butauski of Rock On Ice,
and Dean Murray.
The fruit carvings Greg and Dean created was a part of the new Food and Wine Festival. Many countries were represented and this fruit display was based on the wildlife of Argentina and Brazil. From fish, to land animals, and all the way up top to the birds. There are owls, parrots, tree frogs, iguanas, piranha and more!
Check out more food art from Rock On Ice.
Rock On Ice created a life size ice kitchen for Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This ice kitchen used 130 blocks of ice and was over 45,000 lbs. of ice…that’s about 2 tons! The kitchen consisted of: three ovens, a 12 burner stove with grill and griddle, pastry station, wood burning oven, cooler, dish tank, and an interactive dining room table with seating. Take a look at this unbelievable display that took 5 days to complete.
Here are our talented carvers who helped build this amazing ice kitchen: Nick Foltz, Michael Stoddart, Dean Murray, Greg Butauski, Jeff Petercsak, and Titus Arensberg (not pictured).
Here is one of our chefs, standing at the pastry station. He is rolling out some dough (ice dough that is) with a roller.
How about a chef flipping ice eggs.
A kitchen would not be complete without a dish tank.
Along with some dirty dishes in the sink and clean plates
stacked on racks. Pretty cool!
Chef chasing chickens.
Grilling some steaks.
Loading the wood burning stove.
Stirring the pot.
Taking the pie out of the oven.
This was truly a one-of-a-kind ice installation and a great collaboration among some very skilled ice carvers.
Rock On Ice was contracted to carve pumpkins and create a large scale pumpkin display for a zoo’s fall weekend festival. This was some serious pumpkin carving!
We started with over 80 pumpkins and had 2 days to carve.
Here we are with the team:
Titus Arensberg, Dean Murray, and Greg Butauski.
Our three carvers pulled a tag team match on the two larger pumpkins. They weighed around 500 lbs each. Each carver would work on the piece for an hour or two then break off to work on the smaller pumpkins to put around the entire display. This was truly a collaborative effort between 3 master pumpkin artists.
Here are some detail images of the Haunted House and Skeleton.
And here is the final product. In all we ended up carving 2,400 lbs. (just over a ton) of pumpkins for this Halloween themed display!
Rock On Ice carves pumpkins for all kinds of events. We carve small and large pumpkins for doorsteps, buffet tables, centerpieces, Fall weddings, special events, Trick or Treat events, and Fall festivals. We carve large scale pumpkin displays, which have been featured at Zoo’s and area Fall festivals. We also organize large scale pumpkin carving events and competitions.
Check out more of our pumpkin carving and festival entertainment.
Greg Butauski had another gold winning weekend at the Crystal Classic Winter Festival. The event took place February 13-14th in Green River, Wyoming. Greg won both the People’s Choice and the Individual Ice Carving competitions.
The first day was the People’s Choice. Greg carved his infamous
T-Rex sculpture and was the crowd favorite. This design was 2 blocks carved in 4 hours. Greg pulled out the win, although the weather was horrible for ice sculpting. Carvers were in a race with the sun, working in 55 degree temperatures!
The second day featured the individual competition. Greg carved a rooster. This was also 2 blocks and had a 4 hour time limit. Greg took First place and scored a Gold medal.
This was the final competition of the ice carving season. Check out more of Greg’s competition ice sculptures.
The whole family traveled to Michigan this year to watch Greg Butauski win double golds in both the Individual and Team Ice Sculpting competitions!
The events took place on February 6-7 in St. Joseph, Michigan. The first day Greg sculpted “Peace and Love.” This was a beautiful 1 block sculpture that took First place and scored a Gold medal in the Individual Event.
Second day was the grueling 8 block/8 hour team event. The sculpture, “Everybody Walk Your Dinosaur” was a giant T-Rex being lead on a leash by a little girl. Greg and teammate, Dean Murray, began the day with not so great weather conditions. Temps got up in the 40’s with sun beating down all day on the sculpture. They used UV-resistant tarps to block out the sun.
The final two minutes were nerve-racking to say the least. This photo was taken with the judge standing by counting down the last seconds. Greg and Dean rushed to get the ice leash to freeze to the dinosaur’s collar.
The crowd cheered as they got the leash to freeze to the little girl’s hand and the judge called time! What an exciting end to a long day.
Here is the final sculpture which took First place and scored another Gold in the Team event! Next up is the Crystal Classic Winter Festival in Green River Wyoming.
Rock On Ice was super excited to be a part of the NHL All Star Weekend, January 23-25, 2015. We had many sculptures going out for various events in town, so check out our pics from this amazing weekend for Columbus.
Among the numerous events around Columbus for fans, we created this ice sculpture for Fox Sports private party at Hyde Park. It was 4 color logo, 56 inches tall, and used 2 blocks of ice.
Here is the beginning our our 20 block arch and city skyline ice sculpture. We created this for a corporate party celebrating the city of Columbus.
Phew—this was a tough one.
The final ice sculpture was 6 feet tall and 12 feet long. Check out the lighted bar completely surrounding the sculpture!
We were also commissioned to do interactive murals and painting demonstrations. Here are our two mural designs that guests’
could help paint. The design was the Columbus city skyline and
the hockey arena.
It was great to see kids and adults take part in this fun activity!
For the Fan Fair at the Columbus Convention Center, we created an ice hockey alley for Coors Light. The hockey alley used 8 blocks of ice and was 16 feet long. This is a great way to get the crowd involved with your brand–make it interactive!
This was an exciting weekend for the city of Columbus hosting the NHL All Star game, and we were thrilled to be a part of it! Check out some of our other special event sculptures we have created.
It’s the first competition for the 2015 season and Greg Butauski earns a Gold medal for his sculpture titled, “T-Rex.”
The Village at Leesburg, VA, is a new competition on the NICA circuit. It was a tough one, with 8 blocks to carve in 8 hours!
The event took place January 31 and carvers worked in 30 degree temperatures. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes just to stack the T-Rex sculpture and was completed within the exhausting 8 hour time limit.
Next on the circuit will be St. Joseph’s Magical Ice Festival on February 6th and 7th. Keep checking back to see event results, which all leads to the NICA US Nationals Championship on February 20th.