Time Out Singapore: ‘2 Degree Ice Art’ Preview

Finding it difficult to get into the Christmas mood under the unrelenting heat? Fret not, as 20 skilled ice sculptors from China’s Harbin International Ice Lantern Art Association have been working hard since September to bring you a magical winter wonderland just in time for the festive season.

Welcome to a winter wonderland. And yes, it's bloody freezing! Image courtesy of 2Degree Ice Art.

Welcome to a winter wonderland. And yes, it’s bloody freezing! Image courtesy of Century Ice Wonderland.

27 Nov 2013: Finding it difficult to get into the Christmas mood under the unrelenting heat? Fret not, as 20 skilled ice sculptors from China’s Harbin International Ice Lantern Art Association have been working hard since September to bring you a magical winter wonderland just in time for the festive season.

Taking place at a speciallybuilt, thermal-insulated hall next to MBS that sprawls over 4671 sqm – that’s slightly larger than an NFL football field – visitors to the inaugural 2 Degree Ice Art exhibition can experience a blast of winter, as the whole complex will be kept at a chilly -15˚C until May so the pieces stay intact (at a cost of $3.5 million). Nearly 450 tonnes of ice was used to create 36 coloured ice sculptures, including those of various landmarks such as Big Ben, the Colosseum and even our very own Merlion, plus two pretty impressive slides for kids. Aside from the exhibition, there’s a free ice bar that uses mugs made from ice – the drinks themselves are poured in the bar outside, so the liquid doesn’t freeze (bonus: when you’re done with your drink, you’re invited to smash your glass against a target board).

Be sure to wear winter clothes – we strongly advice against wearing shorts, flip-flops or open-toed shoes (trust us, your feet will get really cold). There are also coats for rent at the exhibition for $5 (or if you’re just popping into the ice bar, you can borrow one for free). Bring on the ice!

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