Of course First Night is known for ice sculptures, and there will be three this year: two at Copley Square and one at Boylston Plaza at The Shops at Prudential Center. Work begins on the sculptures in the days leading up to First Night, with the schedule depending on the weather. Work will continue on the sculptures right through Dec. 31, and they will be lit at night.
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?
Donald Chapelle/Brilliant Ice Sculptures
Boylston Plaza at The Shops at Prudential Center
A sequel to fan favorite Here Fishy Fishy. In previous years, brother and sister Margie and Norman spent their summers diving in the coral reefs of Southern Florida. Now almost fully gown and on spring break they are diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, unaware of the dangers that lurk below.
Donald Chapelle has been sculpting ice for more than three decades—over 20 of those years include Boston’s First Night Celebration. Last year’s piece “The Looking Glass” detailed the four seasons, including seasonal items frozen into the ice. Donald is also a chef and in addition to ice, he’s created chocolate and salt dough sculptures. Donald founded Brilliant Ice Sculpture in Lawrence after working with Brookline Ice Company.
Unity 2013 & Jack and the Beanstalk
Eric Fontecchio/Brookline Ice
After a contentious election year, Fontecchio captures in ice some of the things that unite us. His second sculpture will be based on “Jack and the Beanstalk” – the classic fairy tale captured in ice!
Eric Fontecchio got his start at the Brookline Ice Company when he was a sculpture major at Mass. College of Art. To this day, he’s been working full time ever since and has crafted 100,000 sculptures. Twenty of those have been made for First Night Boston.
Last year, Eric created “The Long Count”, a celebration of the end of the Mayan calendar, but certainly not the end of the world. He also made “Glass Icicles” based on the Lime Green Icicle Tower at the Museum of Fine Arts, a 42-foot tall glass tower.
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