Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show
Governors Island Arts x Times Square Arts
Feb 3, 2024
Governors Island Arts and Times Square Arts are pleased to announce a new partnership for Governors Island’s third annual Ice Sculpture Show, taking place on Saturday, February 3. The festive winter event will coincide with the annual Love in Times Square fête on February 14.
12 – 2PM - Live ice carving along Colonels Row
2:30PM — Awards Ceremony
3 – 5PM - Post-Show Party
This year’s Ice Sculpture Show will also feature food trucks, ice carving demos, live sets from DJ Shannon and Dada Cozmic curated by Brujas and Radio Bonita, and more winter fun. The live DJ sets will be streamed live online via Radio Bonita from 12 – 2pm.
Each selected finalist is awarded $2,000 and will be paired with a professional ice carver from Okamoto Studio for the live event on Governors Island. Visitors are invited to witness this real-time ice carving and vote on their favorite sculpture for the “People’s Choice Award” at the end of the event. A larger-scale version of the winning sculpture will then be carved and installed by Okamoto Studio in Times Square as a visual anchor for the district’s annual Valentine’s Day events, where New Yorkers and visitors alike will celebrate love through surprise proposals, weddings, and vow renewal ceremonies on the Square’s iconic Red Steps.
- Jenna Lyons, creative agent at large and cast member of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City
- Miya Lee, writer and editor
- New York City Council Member Chi Ossé
- Hollis Kam, Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Times Square Alliance and decade-long ordained wedding officiant for Love in Times Square
- Art Domantay and Roberto Flores (@domantayart) — Domantay is known for his fabrication work on ambitious public art projects. In his collaboration with Flores, they propose a multi-dimensional, kinetic heart sculpture activated by human touch. WINNER — MOST AMBITIOUS
- Azikiwe Mohammed (@misterace12) — As a native New Yorker, Mohammed plans to depict the notorious King Kong, paying homage to the ape’s tale as an immigrant and his complicated yet legendary love story with New York City. WINNER — PEOPLE’S CHOICE
- Katerina Sokolovskaya (@katerina.sokolovskaya.art)— For her ethereal concept, hands and legs emerge from a cloud as two hidden people embrace within it. Sokolovskaya aims to take an abstract and escapist approach to the theme of love.
- Lloyd Foster (@_lloydfoster) — Foster frequently features angels in his work, and plans to use this motif as a symbol of love for his art piece. Hearts will replace the angel’s wings for his“Love Angels” sculpture.
- Zeelie Brown (@zeeliebrownlovesyou) — Brown poses a sculpture that reflects her focus on Black love, soul, and New York City’s natural and architectural landscapes. The piece aims to instill passersby with a sense of freedom, love, and connection to nature and place.
- Lovie Pignata (@iLovieNY) — For her piece titled“Smitten,” Pignata depicts two cozy mittens with knit details touching to form a heart, referencing the beginning stages of love in the wintry months. WINNER — CARVER’S CHOICE
- Josef Pinlac (@Istillheartnewyork)— Two hands conjoin to form a heart for Pinlac’s work — a now viral worldwide symbol stemming from Japan — in which visitors have the opportunity to step inside the frame for a special moment of love. Pinlac is a member of Con Artist Collective in the Lower East Side.
- Parastoo Ahovan (@parastooahovan) — Ahovan’s design represents a tree in an abstract form to suggest the interconnectedness of life and love. Each branch and leaf is symbolic of growth and life’s meandering journey, while the roots delve into the rich soil of tradition and resilience.
- Akira Yoshimura (@akirayoshimura_) — Yoshimura demonstrates his love for New York City where he met his wife and friends with an ode in the shape of the King and Queen of hearts — the Queen’s card depicting the Statue of Liberty and the King’s card donning a quintessential NYC street vending cart.
- Sally Twin (@thesallybeauty) — Twin’s“Game of Love” is a dynamic take on love and the game of shuffleboard, allowing visitors to physically interact with the sculpture’s playable pieces for an immersive experience. WINNER — ARTIST’S CHOICE
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.
See below for past programs and events on Governors Island.