HARTFORD — An ice eagle will come to life at noon Saturday, Jan. 23, as workers from Chip Off the Block Ice Carvings sculpt the majestic bird out of a block of ice at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive.
The live chainsaw sculpture celebrates bald eagle season and gives visitors the opportunity to see a 300-pound block of ice transform into the national symbol. This event is free, although there is an admission to tour the tower.
The demo will begin at noon and will continue throughout the day until finished. Chip Off the Block Ice Carvings performs live demonstrations for any kind of special event. Uncut, the ice block stands more than 3 feet tall. The carving starts with a chainsaw; die grinders, wood chisels and handsaws are used to complete the detail. Weather permitting, the sculpture will be available for viewing throughout the weekend.
“I am amazed at how entertaining a block of ice, a man with a chainsaw and a little helper can be,” Hartford Projects Manager Deanna Barnes said. “At last year’s event, I felt like I was at a celebration of winter event and wouldn’t miss a chance to see it again. This is a great opportunity for people who are visiting the area to come to the tower and see an ice artist in action.”
The tower is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours are available throughout the day. Admission to the tower is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, active military and veterans; $2 for children 12 and younger and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
This event, part of a planned series of activities dedicated to the American bald eagles that make the region their winter home, is sponsored by Phillips 66.
For information, call (618) 251-9101 or visit www.confluencetower.com.