Punters brave the big freeze for London Ice Sculpting Festival

Ice Sculpture Festival at night.

Ice Sculpture Festival at night. - Credit: Archant

The big freeze gripped Canary Wharf this weekend as crowds flocked to the London Ice Sculpting Festival.

Ice Sculpture Festival at night.

Ice Sculpture Festival at night. - Credit: Archant

Sculptors from around the world braved the freezing conditions throughout the weekend to chisel out some dazzling designs and show off their skills to the public.

Ice Sculpture Festival at night.

Ice Sculpture Festival at night. - Credit: Archant

The festival attracted 11 teams who competed against each other in a series of competitions as crowds looked on in awe as ice blocks were transformed before their eyes.

Ice Sculpture Festival at night.

Ice Sculpture Festival at night. - Credit: Archant

Festival co-organiser Carol Cordrey said: “Wood Wharf has been a very successful location for the biggest Festival to date.

“I’ve been delighted by the public’s response. They have come in their thousands and loved seeing the ice sculptures created and talking to the sculptors.”

Artists worked on the ice blocks using chainsaws, carving out sculptures under the themes of “Infinity” and “Wonders of the Universe”.

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