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Did you hear our big news earlier this week? The Paddington Bear™ brand will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with an ice sculpture at Fire&Ice InDurham, and building on this excitement, today we’re unveiling the final nine icy installations you can expect to see across the City this half term.
Ice sculptures forming part of the trail, positioned at points around the City and lit by flaming beacons along the way are: The Gruffalo™, Mr Earthworm from Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, the Tin Woodman from the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Gandalf from J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, to name but a few.
We’re hope you’re as excited as we are! The theme of Literary Characters has really given us a chance to get creative while working with some of the nation’s best-loved storybook characters and children’s literary brands. We couldn’t be more excited to see them brought to life from the pages of these books as icy installations in Durham this half term. Which one are you looking forward to seeing most?
You’ll also be pleased to know that the infamous chocolate block is back again for 2018, this time bigger and better than ever before, as well as an interactive ice sculpture in the form of the Magic Mirror from the story of Snow White.
You’ll will be able to stand behind the mirror, then thanks to the way the ice has been carved, your image will be distorted. Then, all you have to do is share your snaps with us via social media using the hashtag #FireAndIce to be in with a chance of winning a prize from Moon Jewellery on Silver Street.
Here’s the full list of ice sculptures you can expect to see this year at Fire&Ice InDurham…
A marmalade loving bear from Darkest Peru, who was created by the late Michael Bond. He first appeared in the children’s book A Bear Called Paddington in October 1958, making 2018 the brand’s 60th birthday.
One of the world’s best-loved monsters, created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo was published in 1999. A modern classic, both the little brown mouse and monster have become stars of stage and screen, as well as story-time favourites.
James and the Giant Peach:
Mr Earthworm appears in Roald Dahl’s first famous book for children and is one of a number of creatures James meets aboard the Giant Peach. “He hates to be happy. He is only happy when he is gloomy. Now isn’t that odd?”
A Game of Thrones:
The Night’s King is the leader of the White Walkers, in the series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, called A Song of Ice and Fire. He is best known from the hugely popular television fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’.
A Short History of Nearly Everything:
Bill Bryson as he appears on the front cover of his bestselling book that explores everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He was the former Chancellor of Durham University and once famously wrote: ‘Why, it's a perfect little city. If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful.’
An English poet, playwright and actor, Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time. In 1998, the 1623 first folio collection of works was stolen from the Durham Cathedral Library. Reportedly worth £15m, the folio was returned 10 years later when it was shown to staff at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.
Charles Dickens visited Barnard Castle, County Durham in 1838 with illustrator Halbot K. Browne, when he was researching Nicholas Nickleby. It is widely believed that the character Wackford Squeers was inspired by William Shaw, Headmaster of Bowes Academy at that time, and the school was the basis for the author’s depiction of Dotheboys Hall.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
The Tin Woodman (or Emperor Nicholas III of the House of Chopper), was invented by L. Frank Baum, author and creator of the Oz legacy. He was introduced in the first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. In this sculpture, he has already met the Wizard and has his heart.
Stand behind the Magic Mirror and ask ‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?’. Cameras at the ready, take a picture and tweet your image using the hashtag #FireAndIce and we’ll share your snaps across the land! Could you be the fairest of all?
The Lord Of The Rings:
Gandalf (Norse: ‘Elf of the Wand;) is a wizard that first appears in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937). In the sequel, The Lord of the Rings (1954) he is initially known as Gandalf the Grey, but returns from death as Gandalf the White.
This and much, much more makes Fire&Ice InDurham a great day out for all the family to enjoy in the City this half term and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to the event very soon.