The coolest outdoor ice theater has returned to Vail this winter. Conceived and introduced by Art in Public Places during the 2012-2013 winter season to celebrate Vail’s 50th anniversary, the Ice Theater features film projection on ice on the Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village. Inspired by summertime outdoor cinemas, Art in Public Places with ice sculptor Paul Wertin have transformed the creekside park with seating and a theater screen to create this free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice.
Lounge on oversized ice chairs and couch while enjoying the scenic Gore Creek during the day and film projections on a screen created in ice during the evening. The theater, which featured the 1966 animated holiday favorite “The Grinch” during the week of Christmas, will now show footage from Warren Miller athlete Chris Anthony and videography of Vail Mountain by Vail Resorts. Projection begins daily at dusk until 9:30 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts.
Alpine Ice sculptors Paul Wertin, Tim Wertin, Erik Herren and Jay Beacham worked for seven days carving 65 blocks of ice to create the installation with the ice weighing in at 19,000 pounds. The goal this season was to create a complete theater experience. “We went with a variety of oversized ‘Alice in Wonderland’ chairs to create a sense of playfulness and fun for kids and adults alike,” explains Paul Wertin.
“Once the seating elements started taking form, we decided to look towards the Art Deco style for enhancing the screen itself. Paul’s detailed carving at the base and edges of the screen reflect the theater marquees during this period in artistic styles. “The theater has been a great success for photo opportunities during both the day and night,” remarks Molly Eppard Art in Public Places Coordinator. “It may be one of our most successful winter installations with its truly interactive nature in the nine years we have been partnering with Triumph Partners on this project.”
Triumph Partners’ continued support of the visual arts in the Vail Valley is exemplified through their charitable donations to Art in Public Places to enable this popular free and family friendly outdoor snow and ice sculpture exhibition to continue through 2016. Founded in 2002 by partners Steve Virostek and James Fangmeyer, Triumph Partners has offices in Vail and Bethesda, Md. Initially focused on real estate development, Triumph Partners has expanded its operations and scope of services through its three companies to include architectural design, real estate brokerage, property management, and luxury vacation home rentals. The company’s diversified growth in Vail and into other mountain resort communities makes it a driving force in the Colorado mountain real estate market.
Information about the Ninth Annual Vail Winterfest presented with Triumph Partners, may be found on artinvail.com
or contact Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator email@example.com
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