With temperatures dropping below -20 you’d think it would be impossible to do anything creative other than drink vodka and blow condensation rings with your breath. But that was the challenge set for D*Face, Mysterious Al and Asbestos when they set out to create ice sculptures in the Ice Hotel, 200km north of the arctic circle. Every year the hotel is built from huge blocks of crystal clear ice harvested from Sweden’s Torne river. Over three days, using chainsaws, razor sharp chisels and brute force they turned their 3 tonne blocks of ice into the world’s first street art ice sculptures. With only 4 hours of daylight to work with, each day, the artists relied on the hotels electric lights and the green glow of the aurora borealis to illuminate their carvings. Mysterious Al carved a skull from his block, D*Face fashioned a 9ft tall spray can with his signature D*Dog wings and Asbestos found a mutated two headed reindeer hiding inside the crystal clear ice.
A special thanks to Gisèle Scanlon who organised the whole gig, she’ll reveal the full adventure later this year in her book ‘The Goddess Guide’, but here are a few sneaky pics first. http://www.theartofasbestos.com/ice/