Press Release | Grace-ful Ice: Dinosaurs

December 8, 2015 New York Download

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Grace-ful Ice: Dinosaurs
– live ice carving & display by Okamoto Studio

Grace Building Plaza, 1114 Avenue of the Americas

Live Carving:
Monday, December 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Arts Brookfield





NYC-based Okamoto Studio to transform blocks of ice into prehistoric creatures for fifth annual holiday ice carving event & exhibition

New York, NY (December 8, 2015) – A frozen t-rex, pterosaur, and other prehistoric beasts will take over Midtown Manhattan when the renowned New York City-based artist collective Okamoto Studio welcomes the winter holidays with Grace-ful Ice: Dinosaurs, a free ice carving event and exhibition at Grace Plaza.

Presented by Arts Brookfield, the live ice carving will take place on the evening of December 14th and at lunchtime on December 15th. Master artisans will use chainsaws, chisels, and the occasional blowtorch blast to transform enormous blocks of ice into towering dinosaurs, as well as a nest of dino eggs. Free and open to the public, the sculptures will remain on display until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, or until they melt.

Grace-ful Ice: Dinosaurs is one of the more than 400 free world-class performances and exhibitions presented annually by Arts Brookfield at Brookfield’s premier office properties throughout the world. Other New York events this holiday season include Luminaries, a spectacular interactive light installation that creates a glowing canopy of 650 custom LED lanterns over the Winter Garden; a free production of The Nutcracker by New York Theatre Ballet, featuring choreographer Keith Michael’s whimsical Art Nouveau take on the Tchaikovsky classic; and a newly designed Santa’s Winter Wonderland that will take up residence on the 2nd level of the 230 Vesey Shops from December 4th through 24th.

Founded in 2003 by a father and son team from Alaska, Okamoto Studio has won acclaim for their fresh, modern take on the artistic possibilities of ice. Their work has been featured in media outlets including The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, The Wall Street Journal, and on The Martha Stewart Show and Iron Chef, among others. This marks the fifth holiday season that Arts Brookfield has presented Okamoto Studio’s fanciful creations at Grace Plaza.

“We’re delighted to welcome Okamoto Studio back to Grace Plaza for their fifth year of live holiday ice carving,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “They’ve enlivened Grace Plaza with everything from an arctic menagerie to a giant chess game, and this year’s dinosaur collection promises to once again astound and amaze.”


About Arts Brookfield

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

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