As I was examining the creation, my friend Rob Geist from Uncle Sam's Army Navy Outfitters
(the largest Army Navy store in the country located in the Larkin District) tapped me on the shoulder and said, "That's Paul Strada's
creation - you should talk to him about building an ice sculpture for the Powder Keg Festival.
It turns out that Paul, owner of NAS Quick Signs on Elmwood Avenue, and I have done business with each other in the past - I just never realized that in his 'other life' he travels the world attending winter festivals in order to create works of art out of ice.
After speaking with Paul
and telling him about the festival and the clear blocks of ice that had been ordered for sculpting purposes, Paul
arrived (with chainsaw) just last evening to go to work on a throne of ice.
The throne is situated at the center of the ice maze, and the two arms of the throne or sculpted in the shape of buffalo heads.
This weekend, be sure to see this creation, along with a couple of others that will dot the plaza at One HSBC Center's plaza.
Thanks to Paul
for coming up with the idea and carving this cool chair for visitors to sit on and take pictures!
Labels:Ice Sculpture, NAS Quick Signs, Paul Strada, Powder Keg Festival, radio interview uncle sam's, Rob Geist