Ice Sculpting

The Forks was filled with crystals this weekend as Royal Canoe made music with ice.

The local band spent the past month carving ice donated from FortWhyte Alive to embed their drum kit and keyboard and made an entire xylophone out of the ice.

By changing the width of the xylophone keys, they were able to change the pitch of the notes.

To design their stage, Royal Canoe called on European ice sculptor Luca Roncoroni.

Roncoroni then partnered with Sputnik Architecture, both sides previously collaborating on The Forks’ warming huts.

Royal Canoe envisioned their stage to be like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, similar to an ice crystal palace.

“[Roncoroni] sent back a model of drawings and it’s got all these crystals and chards and I’m like ‘well, you know what you’re doing,’” said Joshua Adria of Sputnik Architecture.

The band mentioned at the beginning of their Saturday gig, the instruments started to melt from the night before.
Chris Beauvilain loves snow and he enjoys carving snow blocks for his kids to play with. ANYA NAZERAVICH.
Chris Beauvilain is an engineer and builds sculptures out of snow and ice in his front yard.

“If you’re building out of ice, you need minus 15 and lower, but snow is pretty forgiving,” he said.

This year he’s building an igloo-quinzhee hybrid and said he hopes to be able to sleep in it once it’s finished.

Beauvilain said he plans to eventually hold snow sculpting workshops, and even create an app for people to share their designs.

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Royal Canoe held a one-of-a-kind concert at The Forks last weekend, as the stage and instruments were sculpted out of ice.