Before starting on the sculpture, he explained the process of making crystal clear ice for artistic carving, which involves using filtered water that’s gone through reverse osmosis.
“Impurities don’t freeze in water,” said Chiasson. “If you understand the ice, if you know its qualities, its faults, you’re all set.”
Each block of ice takes up to five days to freeze. Because water expands as it freezes, it can crack once it gets too big for a mold. Chiasson uses plates with springs to ensure his ice blocks stay intact. The ice blocks he makes are 20 inches wide by 10 inches thick and 40 inches tall.
According to Chiasson, most ice carvings displayed indoors last six to eight hours.
Crystal Greene (she/her) is originally from Winnipeg, where she lived most of her life. She now lives in Kjipuktuk/Halifax with her toddler. She is in the one-year Bachelor of Journalism program at University of King's College.