2024 Ice Sculp­ture Show Recap


Jurors Council Member Chi Ossé and Jenna Lyons with artist Josef Pinlac's sculpture

Gov­er­nors Island Arts and Times Square Arts are pleased to announce artist Lovie Pignata’s Smit­ten sculp­ture as the cham­pi­on of the Third Annu­al Ice Sculp­ture Show, held on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 3rd on Gov­er­nors Island. The win­ning sculp­ture depicts two cozy mit­tens with knit details touch­ing to form a heart, ref­er­enc­ing the begin­ning stages of love in the cold win­ter sea­son. On Feb­ru­ary 14th in Times Square, the sculp­ture will be real­ized as a large-scale instal­la­tion carved by Okamo­to Stu­dio as part of the dis­tric­t’s Valentine’s Day Events, where vis­i­tors will cel­e­brate love with sur­prise pro­pos­als, wed­dings, and vow renew­al cer­e­monies on the Square’s icon­ic Red Steps. 

Lovie Pignata’s ode to new­ly kin­dled love, Smit­ten, was select­ed by a jury pan­el includ­ing cre­ative agent at large and media per­son­al­i­ty Jen­na Lyons, writer and edi­tor Miya Lee, New York City Coun­cil Mem­ber Chi Ossé. Run­ner ups includ­ed Aziki­we Mohammeds King Kong work, which won People’s Choice for the 10-foot-tall inter­pre­ta­tion of King Kong. Art Doman­tay and Rober­to Flo­res were award­ed Most Ambi­tious for their mul­ti-dimen­sion­al, kinet­ic heart sculp­ture titled Move Me, Rock Me Until I Break/​My Move­ment, My Heart acti­vat­ed by human touch. The Artist’s Choice award went to Sal­ly Twin, whose sculp­ture Game of Love por­trays a dynam­ic take on shuf­fle­board, allow­ing vis­i­tors to phys­i­cal­ly inter­act with the ice sculpture’s playable pieces. 

The 2024 Artist Final­ists include: 

  • Art Doman­tay and Rober­to Flo­res (@domantayart)
  • Aziki­we Mohammed (@misterace12)
  • Kate­ri­na Sokolovskaya (@katerina.sokolovskaya.art)
  • Lloyd Fos­ter (@_lloydfoster)
  • Zeel­ie Brown (@zeel­iebrownlovesy­ou)
  • Lovie Pig­na­ta (@iLovieNY) 
  • Josef Pin­lac (@Istillheartnewyork)
  • Paras­too Aho­van (@parastooahovan)
  • Aki­ra Yoshimu­ra (@akirayoshimura_)
  • Sal­ly Twin (@thesallybeauty)

The third annu­al Ice Sculp­ture Show was pre­sent­ed by Gov­er­nors Island Arts and Times Square Arts, in part­ner­ship with the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island. Gen­er­ous sup­port pro­vid­ed by New York Water Taxi.

Times Square Arts will present Smit­ten” on Feb­ru­ary 14th at the annu­al Love in Times Square event where real life love sto­ries unfold in front of the win­ning sculp­ture. Cou­ples will tie the knot in Duffy Square; renew vows on the Red Steps; and sur­prise mar­riage pro­pos­als under the icon­ic Amer­i­can Eagle screen. Click here for more information.