About The Ice Palace

The Ice Palace

7th Wonder of Woody Creek, Colorado

The Ice Palace, 7th Wonder of Woody Creek, Colorado.

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In the early days of 2013 the nighttime temperatures in Woody Creek dipped sufficiently to the point whereby I knew the moment had arrived to being work on The Ice Palace, a project I had conceived the previous summer during the hours I logged warming the arbor benches.

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"Birdhaven", The Colorado Rocky Mountain Sculpture Garden, Woody Creek, Colorado

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Sculpture Garden

 

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All we can do is wait.

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Although I had no real idea just how exactly the Ice Palace would take shape I knew it would need a strong framework on which to build, and so I shaped the arbor by interlacing the branches to provide it with a strong, rigid architectural structure that would give the all-important solid foundation… sufficient to support the several tons of snow and ice that would soon enough put my preparations to the ultimate test.

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January 8, 20 13, DAY 1 for The Ice Palace, 7th Wonder of Woody Creek, Colorado.

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On the  morning of January 8th I awoke to survey the results of my previous night’s endeavor.

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The Ice Palace @ martincooney.com

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While the initial results were encouraging they did lead me to realize I had much learning ahead of me.

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The Ice Palace takes shape, 7th Wonder of Woody Creek, Colorado.

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The Ice Palace actually took shape with remarkable rapidity and within a few nights had acquired the familiar outline that was to define its ever-evolving character over the following weeks.

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The Ice Palace blossoms out, 7th Wonder of Woody Creek, Colorado.

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With the thermometer consistently dipping well below zero degrees Fahrenheit  (-18C) the palace rapidly took shape as I was able to build not only throughout the bitterly cold nights but for large parts of the daytime too.

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Sculpture Garden / The Ice Palace at martincooney.com

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 From January’s Snow Moon to well beyond the Wolf Moon of February The Ice Palace morphed through a multitude of phases. Mysterious sculptural forms appeared, evolved, and were promptly re-absorbed with quite fascinating regularity.

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Snow Leopards prowl the Ice Palace at "Birdhaven", Woody Creek, Colorado.

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Deep within the palace strange and evocative shapes prowled their frigid world.

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Untouched by human hand, The Ice Palace was created entirely a combination of elements only found in Woody Creek only in the very depth of winter.

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Strange stalagmites grew to dominate the palace interior.

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Bizarre creature-like beasties hang from the ceiling.

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The rock hard icy floor became embellished with coral-like formations.

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The Ice Palace @ martincooney.com

 

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The Ice Palace @ martincooney.com

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Meanwhile the exterior of the palace underwent a series of remarkable transformations.

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From the Wolf Moon of January to the Snow Moon of February The Ice Palace seemed to defy the laws of gravity.

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The famous Ice Palace 'Assembly' jostle for position.

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A gathering of motley characters began to assemble upon the roof

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Quite eerily at times The Gathering would shift and morph throughout the day.

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 Ice Palace at martincooney.com

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But of all the weird and wonderful images the palace conjured in my mind, I think The Pirate and his Loyal Monkey stand as my favorite. They even went on to be immortalized in Winterset limestone later that year as ‘The Snowgoyles’.

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The Ice Palace could alter its mood, color and appearance seemingly on a whim.

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The Ice Palace, 7th Wonder of Woody Creek, Colorado

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The Ice Palace, 7th Wonder of Woody Creek, Colorado

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The Ice Palace in all her glory - gone, but not forgot.

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The Ice Palace, my largest sculpture to date, continued to build and evolve throughout it’s brief mid-winter reign over the sculpture garden, right through to the dramatic final hours, and stately demise.

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... but a matter of just a few short weeks ago...

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And when the end came The Ice Palace succumbed to the inevitable with a style and grace befitting of such a majestic structure. With daytime temperatures on the rise, and assisted by a brand new blanket of deep spring snow, she simply bowed from the scene with nary a sound, and with barely a snowflake disturbed.

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The Ice Palace sinks behind Titanic, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture at martincooney.com

The Ice Palace sinks behind Titanic, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture at martincooney.com

The Ice Palace sinks behind Titanic, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture at martincooney.com

The Ice Palace sinks behind Titanic, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture at martincooney.com

Titanic, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture at martincooney.com

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Thanks for taking the time to read this. I realize artist bios are conventionally written in the third person but I simply cannot bring myself to do it. As this is my blog, and not a gallery, I feel it more appropriate to use my own voice when writing, and just as it would be odd if I referred to myself in the third person when in conversation, I simply feel more at ease writing my bio using my own voice; it is after all me writing this, not a third person. I hope you will understand and appreciate the reasoning for my decision. Cheers! Martin

Cheers for Now

Martin

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