How to carve a larger-than-life ice mountaineer…
James was once commissioned to carve a larger than life-size hiker summiting the peak of Everest for Discovery Channel. The ice design started out as nine full blocks and weighed in at 1200kg at this starting point.
The blocks were then welded together using water, the location of the sculpture mapped out onto the blocks and then a total of more than 700kg of ice was removed with chisels and chainsaws to produce the 8 ft hiker ice sculpture. Once the proportions were correct the detail of the clothes and garments were added. The sculpture was transported to the venue in 3 peices and assembled on site and the flag was inserted into his icy grip, which he was plunging into the summit of Everest.
The ice sculpture took two days to produce and was very well received and was viewed by more than 3000 people that day as part of the event.