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Try It: Ice Sculptures

The artists at Okamoto Studio, led by master sculptor Takeo Okamoto, silver medalist in the ice-carving event at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, can make virtually anything out of ice. For a couple of cinephiles, Okamoto inserted their faces into a life-size recreation of a Gone with the Wind poster—and froze 70 other posters of their favorite movies for centerpieces. It’s possibly the tackiest thing we’ve ever heard of, but no one can argue that it isn’t spectacular. Better to commission an ice sculpture with a purpose: think raw bars and sushi cases, beer steins, and shot glasses all made of ice. If there’s a budget and you want a really rowdy after-party, consider an ice luge down which bartenders pour spirits. For a winter wedding, have them etch a sparkly diamond pattern inside the ice, lit from below in white or blue. Prices start at $400 per block of ice, but life-size portraits are $750 a block and usually cost at least $4,000; ice bars start at $2,800.

Okamoto Studio, 368 Broadway, nr. Franklin St., Ste. 206; 212-842-0630.

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