We woke to the most stunning sky this morning with hues of pink and orange all the way over the River Thorne. Temperatures have risen to just below zero so the snow is much better for creating “Snis” which is a perfect mix of Snow and Ice. Think of the perfect snowball and you’d be about right. This is used for filling in gaps and holes and is then undetectable later on. Too much Ice and it dries grey and looks nasty and not enough water and the snow won’t stick.
Inside the room we have crated the main wall structure behind the table which runs opposite the bed and parallel. We fitted the lights to this part and are ready for the last section which is the table. This needs to be the last item built so we can seal away the transformers and drivers for the electroluminescent lighting. We then dug the level for the inner bed supports and laid the first row of blocks ready to be routed before installation of the lighting.
Progress has felt slow today as energy is running low. However the meals have been nicer today with a big helping of spaghetti bolognese but maybe having eaten too much it has been hard to motivate ourselves. We finished with the first layer of the bed surround so we could edit todays photographs and get ready for a few beers to celebrate the departure of one of our fellow ice artists; Maurizio heads back to Italy in the early hours.
We are both feeling happy with progress and we could easily be finished by Sunday about 3 days ahead of time. This is pretty unheard of here but we wanted to break the back of it early to concentrate on the TV footage and get some great interviews of the other artists, workers and directors.