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The perfect ice breaker

PUBLISHED: 11:55 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

ICE WORK: Lars Borst and Marjon Katerberg with first prize.

ICE WORK: Lars Borst and Marjon Katerberg with first prize.

A DUTCH team won the second international ice sculpting competition for the portrayal of humans supporting circles of ice above their outstretched arms. Five teams took part in the London Ice Festival at Canary Wharf last Saturday where passers-by were

A DUTCH team won the second international ice sculpting competition for the portrayal of humans supporting circles of ice above their outstretched arms.

Five teams took part in the London Ice Festival at Canary Wharf last Saturday where passers-by were also able to have a go at sculpting a penguin.

Five-year-old Edward Wilson, from Bexleyheath, looked on in awe as the sculptors worked with 2m blocks of ice to create a ship's figurehead, a letter block construction of the area's overall trading activities and a traditional sea shanty.

The competition was judged by Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Guy Portelli, Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group, Sally Williams, and accessible art group Art Alone's Carol Cordrey.

The Netherlands' team winner Marjon Katerberg said: "We already felt like winners as soon as we finished because we had so many nice comments from the crowd.

"It's really nice to surprise the spectators and be able to create a magical environment for them, so we feel like double winners.


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