Bronx, NY – December 27, 2009 – Today, The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo hosted its first ice carving competition. The Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Competition, presented by Food Network, featured 15 professional ice carvers who used chainsaws, power tools, and various carving instruments to bring their visions of wildlife to life.
“The Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Competition is one of many family oriented wintertime activities at WCS’s Bronx Zoo,” said Jim Breheny, WCS Senior Vice President of Living Institutions and Director of the Bronx Zoo. “It is a fun way to educate and raise awareness about the wildlife and wild places that WCS works to save around the globe.”
The winner Jeff Scarpa a freelance ice carver from Connecticut created a meticulously detailed sculpture of a shark and a sea turtle above a coral reef entitled “The Bronx Sea” which landed him the top prize of $1000.
The $500 second prize was won by Dan Bergan from Ice Sculpture Design in Deer Park, NY for his representation of a whooping crane fleeing the jaws of a crocodile entitled “Survival.”
The $250 third prize went to Mark McKenzie from Cool Way Ice Creations in South Ozone Park, NY for his “Flying Fish” sculpture.
Each contestant was given four hours and 600 pounds of ice to work with to glistening likenesses of wildlife including giraffes, gorillas, eagles, and more.
The winning sculptures were chosen by a combination of public voting and a panel of four judges that included: David Powell, WCS Assistant Curator of Mammalogy; Sarah Hezel, WCS Assistant Director of Graphic Design and Production; Paul Magnaldi, Ice Sculptures of New York; and celebrity guest Susie Fogelson, judge on The Next Food Network Star. Judging criteria included technique, creativity, animal likeness, design composition, and overall look.
Photographs of the completed menagerie of wildlife ice sculptures are posted on www.bronxzoo.com where a “people’s favorite” will be chosen by online vote. Those that participate in the online voting will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of a variety of additional prizes including: