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Ice sculptures at Fire&Ice InDurham – bringing imagination to life

A lucky competition winner from a school in County Durham will see the product of their imagination transformed in to an ice sculpture by the team behind some of the installations on popular TV programme, Game of Thrones, at this weekend’s Fire&Ice InDurham event.

A little while ago we put a call out for children and young people at schools across County Durham to design their own ice sculpture, following the theme of myths and legends, with the prize seeing their creation brought to life at one of our City’s best loved events.

Kieron Wales from Dene Community School, entered the competition and we were blown away by his creativity.  The Year 9 pupil created the artwork during a PSHE lesson, and despite never thinking he’d win the competition, he went on to beat a whole host of other entries with his depiction of the mythical creature ‘Hydra’, a three-headed serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology. 

We caught up with Kieron and his school teacher, to see what they thought about him winning the competition.  Kieron, said: “I didn’t think I was a very good drawer and I certainly didn’t expect to win!”  Natalie Coyne, head of art at the school where Kieron is a pupil, added: “I thought the competition was a great way for some of the students to show their creative flair.  With things like Game of Thrones being so popular at the moment, I knew it would grab their attention.  I’m chuffed to bits that Kieron won, he’s totally unassuming.  A very worthy winner!”

Kieron’s design will join a line-up of a further eight ice sculptures across Durham City depicting a number of different myths and legends, including The Lambton Worm, trolls and mermaids, along with a phoenix and Griffin wings. 

In addition to the sculptures, there will be a number of interactive installations, including a block of ice with chocolate frozen into it, meaning you need to find ways to melt the ice to retrieve a sweet treat.  Not forgetting the ‘Sword and the Stone’ inspired ice competition sponsored by Moon Jewellery on Silver Street too.  Will you be the first person of the day to pull Excalibur from its icy prison and win £40 of vouchers?

There’s been a great buzz across social media about the event returning to the City and we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors from both near and far to Durham this weekend.  One thing is for sure, this event is going to be bigger and better than ever before, so if you’re looking for things to do this half term with the family, make sure you don’t miss out! 

And don’t forget to pack your camera too… with more ambitious ice sculptures, some of which offer the perfect opportunity for a selfie, the Fire&Ice InDurham festival is full of fun for all the family to enjoy. 

Don’t forget, as well as the ice sculpture trail showcasing the myths and legends of times gone by in their icy forms (you can download the ice trail map from our website in advance), you will be able to enjoy live ice carving demonstrations and the chance to turn your hand to the craft yourself on the ‘have a go’ wall in the Market Place between 1pm and 5pm each day.

Then, each evening the event culminates in a spectacular grand finale in the Market Place seeing the elements combine, with shooting flames and dancing water jets choreographed in time to music.  The first family-friendly performance will take place at 5.15pm lasting approximately 10 minutes.  Then, another show will be performed at 6.00pm, with music and special effects used that may be more suitable for older children and adults.

So whether you’re planning a visit to Durham on Friday 24th or Saturday 25th February, we’re looking forward to seeing you at Fire&Ice InDurham then!

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