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Vail Winterfest Exhibit

The 16th Annual Vail Winterfest is now open on the Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village. The stunning illuminated ice installation, titled New Wave, will be on view until the ice melts (typically a four week display). Enjoy the ice sculptures during the day along the creek or in the evening when they are illuminated at dusk until 10 p.m.

Collaborating with visual artist Ben Roth, Paul Wertin and his team carved 27,000 pounds of ice to create 50 undulating wave-like forms. The tallest sculptures measure 9 feet tall. The artist wanted the challenge of creating a moire effect which is captured in the larger installation.

“It has been great fun designing an ice sculpture installation while considering the material’s transparency and transformation over time. I can’t wait to see it come to life and then gradually sublimate,” explains Ben Roth.

Ben Roth’s artistic creations have been enjoyed in Vail for a decade. The Jackson based artist has a talent for working in a variety of mediums from beetle killed felled lodge pole to sculpting hard wired mesh screens. Most recently Roth created a permanent and interactive play-based environment of 20 brightly painted steel horsetail grass plants for Stephens Park Playground in West Vail.

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