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Vail Winterfest Exhibit

Vail’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) presents the Fifteenth Annual Vail Winterfest this winter season. Open Sunday, December 19th, guests are invited to wander through a whimsical ice installation designed by celebrated visual artist Olive Moya with the support of the talented local team at Alpine Ice. Illumination begins daily at dusk and lasts until 10 p.m. On view until the ice melts!

INTERACTIVE & ILLUMINATED ICE INSTALLATION Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village Some Breathtaking Little Paradise Just For Them.
by Olive Moya with Alpine Ice
Harkening back to the initial Vail Winterfest ice installations visualized by renowned artist Lawrence Argent, AIPP invited celebrated visual artist Olive Moya to collaborate with Alpine Ice this season. Moya, who created a mural in the Vail Village Transportation Center this summer, was eager to step-up to the challenge.

Approximately 25,000 pounds of sculpted ice will transform the Gore Creek Promenade into a three -dimensional canvas conceived by celebrated visual artist Olive Moya. Featuring Moya’s distinctive woven forms and shapes, the installation will be a splendor for all ages. Meander through ice features measuring 5′ to 12′ tall during the day or in the evening when the installation is illuminated until 10 p.m.

“It’s been an interesting process to translate my painted shapes to three-dimensional forms. The installation can exist almost as a living version of my work with photographs – the figures and landscape interacting with the abstract.

As an artist who often makes public work, I’m always confronted with the impermanence of my pieces. Once it’s out in the world, people, weather, and time will alter what I’ve made, but it’s a reminder that we don’t exist in a vacuum; we give and take from each other and our surroundings.  To see how it grows or changes (or eventually disappears entirely, in this case) is the cycle of everything and appreciating each moment as it exists is valuable,” explains Moya.