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They're melting for the Ice Museum at the Orange County Fair


During this July heat wave, the Ice Museum has become a popular attraction at the Orange County Fair.

Lined with 300-pound blocks of ice, the 25-foot-by-25-foot trailer holds depictions of classic artwork in ice -- "The Thinker," "Mona Lisa" -- as well as a Chinese dragon and King Tut.

"It feels good after being outside all day," said Melinda Vencill, of Costa Mesa. The trailer is beyond cool. It's downright cold -- about 15 degrees -- so visitors don't linger.

Roland Hernandez, an ice sculptor and owner of Anaheim-based Carving Ice, brought the museum to the fair. He said re-creating classic works was a challenge, but he was pleased with the audience's reaction.

"Their whole expression is different," he said. "If kids look at ['The Thinker'], they might not think it's a big deal. But when they see it in ice, they come to life."

Read the Daily Pilot story here.

-- Joseph Serna, reporting for the Daily Pilot

Photo: Kyle Smith, right, with friends Olivia Vercruysse and Charlotte Marin, peeks out from his coat -- provided at the fair attraction -- long enough to take a picture of a sculpture in the Ice Museum at the Orange County Fair on July 17, 2010. Credit: Kent Treptow / Daily Pilot

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so happy to see this came together so great! congrats dan and roland for a kick butt ice museum job!!! :) makes me happy!

The Ice Museum at the Orange County Fair is a collaborative venture between three separate ice sculpture companies, Carving Ice Anaheim, Carving Ice Orlando, and Mark Daukas Designs.

Six time national ice carving champion, and world champion Mark Daukas, owner of Mark Daukas Designs, is credited with carving the elaborate angel in the viewing window. Mark also reproduced Michelangelo's David torso and Rodin's Thinker in human scale for the Ice Museum.

Roland Hernandez, owner of Carving Ice Anaheim is credited with carving the other ice sculptures displayed throughout the Ice Museum, such as the bust of King Tut, the Fu Dog, the Easter Island Head, the chinese dragon, the Mona Lisa and the Birth of Venus.

Chad, owner of Carving Ice Orlando is credited with creating and installing all of the sculpted ice walls, ice pedestals and the elaborate sound and lighting displayed throughout the Ice Museum.


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