Ice Sculpture Display of a Life Size Kitchen – Over 2 Tons of Ice!

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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.

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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).

Ice-Kitchen-Pastry-ChefHere 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.

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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!

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Chef chasing chickens.

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Grilling some steaks.

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Loading the wood burning stove.

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Stirring the pot.

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Taking the pie out of the oven.

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This was truly a one-of-a-kind ice installation and a great collaboration among some very skilled ice carvers.

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Pumpkin Carving Installation with Over 80 Pumpkins

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.

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration for Zoo

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!

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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.

Ice Sculpting Wins at the Crystal Classic Winter Festival

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.

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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!

Rooster-Green-River-Ice-Sculpting-CompetitionThe 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.

 

Double Gold Ice Sculpting Wins at St. Joseph Magical Ice Festival

Peace-and-Love-Ice-Sculpture-with-FamilyThe 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.

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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.

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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.

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Rock On Ice Rocks the NHL All Star Weekend

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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.

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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.

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Almost finished…

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Phew—this was a tough one.

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The final ice sculpture was 6 feet tall and 12 feet long. Check out the lighted bar completely surrounding the sculpture!

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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.

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It was great to see kids and adults take part in this fun activity!

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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!

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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.

T-Rex wins a Gold at Leesburg

 

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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!

T-rex-Ice-Sculpture-HeadThe 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.

 

Ice Sculptures and Ice Sculpting Demonstrations for the Holiday Season

The excitement of the upcoming season is upon us—the anticipation of the first snowfall, holiday festivities, and spending time with family and friends. Preparing for the holiday season can be a hectic time, so let us take one thing off your plate! We can design a beautiful ice sculpture for your holiday party, corporate event, or winter festival.

Rock On Ice specializes in customized ice sculptures to make your event one-of-a-kind! In this article, you will find many ideas on how to add that special touch to any party or event you are planning.

Holiday Party
We will work with you to create an ice sculpture that friends and family will not stop talking about. We have a wide range of different types of sculptures and we make the process (from selecting to ordering) effortless. Here are some ideas for your holiday party:

Drink Dispenser
Available in 1 or 3 gallon size.

Beverage Dispenser Ice Sculpture

Speciality
Add seafood and make it functional.

Triple Snowflake with Shrimp Ice Sculpture

Corporate Event
The best ice sculptures to include for your corporate event are ones that are Functional, which means the sculptures serve an additional purpose. And, we can customize any sculpture with your logo. Here are some options that would work well for a corporate event:

Corporate logo
We can incorporate your company logo into any ice sculpture.

Seafood Ice Sculpture Display with Corporate Logo

Ice Bar
Customize your ice bar with a logo, bottle holder, or ice luge.

Ice Bar Table Top

 

Winter Festival
If you are organizing a winter festival, it would not be complete without an ice sculpting demonstration. We provide many options to make your event unique and fun for everyone of all ages! Many of our demonstrations last 2-4 hours and can include:

Kids Names In Ice
We can personalize mini-blocks for the kids to take home.

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Fire and Ice Tower
Encased in ice for a cool (and hot) gathering place for everyone.

Fire and Ice Tower

Photo Opportunities in Ice
We can create photo opportunities for family and friends, like this cool photo frame.

Winter Festival Ice Frame with Photo Opportunity

If you are looking to include a unique element for your party or event this season, Rock On Ice can customize an ice sculpture for you that guests will talk about for years to come!

Visit our Winter Festivals and Corporate Logos pages for more ideas.

Contact us if you would like a customized quote.

Pumpkin Carving: Demonstrations and Displays For Your Fall Festival or Event

If you are attending one of the many Fall festivals or special events this year, you will enjoy drinking apple cider, getting lost in the
never-ending corn maze, and picking your favorite pumpkin from the vine-laced pumpkin patch! All these fun activities are what you will find at your typical festival or event. But, if you are a small business owner or event planner you are probably looking to add a new activity—something unique, to draw more people to your event.
A pumpkin carving demonstration can be one of the more unique attractions that customers will never forget!

Rock On Ice specializes in customized pumpkin carving demonstrations and also pre-carved pumpkin displays.
Our demonstrations and displays are the perfect addition to
your fall festival or event, and are great for both kids and adults.

The large display pumpkin demonstrations are the highlight for kids both young and old. They can watch our carvers transform ordinary pumpkins into all kinds of unique faces and get their photo taken with the completed display—to remember forever!

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We can carve any size pumpkin, from 30 pounds up to 300 pounds! Our skilled carvers can wow the crowd in just a couple hours, to over a couple days. We can accommodate any size budget to make the event fun and entertaining. If you have an event that runs throughout the month, have us carve on multiple weekends—this can draw more people to your event, when it is advertised in advance.

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Besides fall festivals, we can carve pumpkins for corporate events, private parties, or a single pumpkin for your front door display. We provide many different options such as on-site demos and pre-carved pumpkins—perfect for your buffet display or a table centerpiece.

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For a corporate event, we can add your company logo.

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Are you organizing a trick–or–treat event? Have us come out and carve large scale pumpkin displays. Everyone will be entertained watching us carve our spooky and silly faces!

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Contact us for more information on our pumpkin carving demonstrations.

Check out more pumpkin carvings on our website!

The Food Artist Group Goes To Busch Gardens, Virginia

The Food Artist Group was created and organized  by James Parker of  Veggy Art Studios.  James is a Food Network Champion,  judge and food artist with incredible talent that has a vision for the modern food artist.

James has helped Greg Butauski of Rock On Ice in the past by judging at some of his Food Art Competitions in Akron Ohio and also at The Carve, in Holland Michigan.  Since then they have stayed in contact and have been waiting for the opportunity to work together again.

Then it happened.  James Parker, thinking outside the box, creates a new demonstration format using some of the most talented food artists from all across the country  working in multiple mediums.  They include: chocolate artists, fruit and vegetable carvers, cake artists, bread artists, ice carvers, sugar artists, and cheese artists.

Over dinner and a couple of drinks James and Greg discussed how to make a more interactive ice sculpting show for Busch Gardens in Virginia.  The concept was laid out and then James made it happen.  He said he could fit us into the Food and Wine Festival.  This event was coming into its second year and Greg Butauski and Dean Murray were new to the group and wanted to leave a good impression.

Greg and Dean were very grateful for the opportunity to work with this very elite group of artists!  They were contracted to work on an ice sculpting show and also provide fruit and vegetable carvings for entertainment, right up their alley!

In all, it was a great experience for everyone and James did a great job managing six weeks of entertainment for the Food and Wine Festival keeping the concepts fresh and the art flowing from one week to the next.

To book the Food Artist Group contact us and we can put you in contact with our fearless leader, James Parker.   Otherwise you can check out our Facebook page for the Food Artist Group

Functional Ice Sculptures for a unique and memorable event

Are you planning an event and you need some unique ideas on how to make it different? Functional ice sculptures are more than just beautiful, they function in many different ways to serve your guests!

Rock On Ice creates many different types of functional ice sculptures. We will give you some great ideas in this article that you can incorporate into your event. Your guests will remember these spectacular ice sculptures and their functionality.

Caviar Station
Caviar is best served cold. This sculpture displays caviar, condiments, and vodka on ice. The vodka bottle in the center has a russian label with instructions on how to take a proper Russian Vodka Shot.  The bottle is surrounded by caviar condiments and multiple types of vodka for the guests to enjoy, all on ice!

Ice Bar with Logo and Condiments featured on Ice

Seafood Display
Many corporate events serve a variety of seafood, such as, shrimp, oysters, lobster, and sushi. Incorporate your seafood into a beautiful ice sculpture such as this 8 ft. seafood display below. The design showcases multiple ice trays for the different types of seafood.

Seafood Display Ice Sculpture

For this wedding shrimp tower we added the couples’ initial. Any of our shrimp towers can be modified with corporate logos, photos, or monograms.  The shrimp can be fed into the top of the tower and self dispenses at the bottom.  The shrimp can be viewed through the ice and kept at the proper temperature for service to your guests.

Shrimp Dispenser Ice Sculpture with Initial

 

Fountain
Fountains are beautiful and very functional – your guests can serve themselves drinks! Add your company logo to make it complete.

Fountain Ice Sculpture for Oxy Water with Logo

Bottle Holder
Don’t settle for a typical beverage display – get creative and chill your bottles on ice! Our Stacked Bottle Holder will keep your liquor cold all through your event. This couple choose to freeze their college logos into their wedding sculpture. We can customize any sculpture to fit your interests.

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Make your upcoming event extra special and add a functional ice sculpture.

View  more ideas for functional ice sculptures

Contact us and we can customize a sculpture that will make your event unique and memorable for you and your guests!

 

Welcome to the blog for Rock On Ice! Here you will find articles about one of the most unique and artistic professions—Ice Sculpting!!

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