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Gov­er­nors Island Ice Sculp­ture Show to Help Cel­e­brate Final Win­ter Vil­lage Weekend


Photo courtesy of Okamoto Studio

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil (LMCC) will host the Island’s inau­gur­al Ice Sculp­ture Show on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 26, 2022, from 2 – 5pm at the Gov­er­nors Island Win­ter Vil­lage. A live­ly after­noon fea­tur­ing live ice carv­ing, ice dance per­for­mances from Ice The­atre of New York, ice skat­ing and more will cel­e­brate the final week­end of the Island’s inau­gur­al Win­ter Vil­lage, which opened in Decem­ber 2021.

The show will see a host of unique designs from New York City-based artists and artist groups brought to life in real time through an excit­ing live ice carv­ing ses­sion, assist­ed by pro­fes­sion­al ice carvers from Okamo­to Stu­dio. In Jan­u­ary 2022, the Trust and LMCC invit­ed New York City-based artists to sub­mit designs, ten of which were select­ed by an esteemed pan­el of NYC cul­tur­al lumi­nar­ies to be carved live. The jury pan­el that select­ed entrants includes Amy Andrieux — Exec­u­tive Direc­tor + Chief Cura­tor at MoCA­DA, Jean Cooney — Direc­tor of Times Square Arts, Shaun Leonar­do — a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist, and Shin­taro Okamo­to — Founder/​Creative Direc­tor of Okamo­to Studio. 

Artists and artist teams whose designs were select­ed include: 

  • Den­nis Red­Moon Darkeem
  • Min­gLiang Lu
  • Eliz­a­beth Meggs
  • Shay Salehi/​Rengu Zhang
  • Han­nah Schulman
  • Jes­si­ca Segall
  • Chad Stay­rook
  • Yuliya Tsuk­er­man
  • Bruce Williams
  • Yin Mei

The event will also fea­ture pop-up per­for­mances by the acclaimed Ice The­atre of New York, which presents acces­si­ble ice dance that cel­e­brates joy and col­lab­o­ra­tion in venues through­out the five bor­oughs, start­ing at 1:30pm.

We are beyond excit­ed to part­ner with LMCC to host the Island’s inau­gur­al Ice Sculp­ture Show. Live ice sculpt­ing is a won­der­ful addi­tion to the engag­ing activ­i­ties and expe­ri­ences that the Island has to offer our vis­i­tors dur­ing our first win­ter sea­son,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. We encour­age vis­i­tors to carve out some time to expe­ri­ence the Island dur­ing the win­ter months, and what bet­ter way to do that than to watch the mod­ern-day Michelangelo’s of ice from Okamo­to Stu­dio fash­ion ice to life.”

Arts and cul­tur­al explo­ration is at the core of Gov­er­nors Island’s iden­ti­ty, and we couldn’t be more excit­ed to present the Island’s first ever Win­ter Ice Sculp­ture Show with the Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil,” said Mered­ith John­son, Vice Pres­i­dent of Arts and Cul­ture and Head Cura­tor at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Island vis­i­tors of all ages will get a one-of-a-kind expe­ri­ence when they wit­ness ice sculp­tures being carved in real time, bring­ing the visions of an extra­or­di­nary group of New York City artists to life.”

Shar­ing Gov­er­nors Island with our artists-in-res­i­dence in the win­ter months has been a unique priv­i­lege over the last decade. Now, we are thrilled to part­ner with the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island to present fun and unex­pect­ed ways to expe­ri­ence the Island through­out all of the sea­sons,” said Ana Fiore, Direc­tor of Artist Ser­vices at LMCC. The inau­gur­al Ice Sculp­ture Show is an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for the pub­lic to see new artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tions take shape and inven­tive visions come to life over the course of a win­tery afternoon.”

The Gov­er­nors Island Ice Sculp­ture Open Call and Show is sup­port­ed in part by pub­lic funds from the New York City Depart­ment of Cul­tur­al Affairs in part­ner­ship with the New York City Council.

Gov­er­nors Island is cel­e­brat­ing its inau­gur­al win­ter sea­son with a ros­ter of cold-weath­er activ­i­ties for the whole fam­i­ly — includ­ing the Win­ter Vil­lage through Feb­ru­ary 27, sled­ding, the Win­ter Dog Days pilot pro­gram and the Win­ter Ice Sculp­ture Show. The rain date for the event is Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 27. Click here to view fer­ry sched­ules and plan your visit.