Frequently asked questions

Ice melts, doesn't it, what about its lifespan?

That ice melts, is what makes it so special. People want to touch it, feel if it is real. Astonishment everywhere. You will be amazed at the longevity of an ice sculpture. At room temperature, the ice melts about 1 cm every 3-4 hours. As the cold drains from the ice, it goes a little faster.

For smaller buffet decorations, we assume a service life of 4-6 hours. Larger sculptures will have a proportionally longer lifespan. It is natural that the quality decreases over a longer period of time due to the melting process. That is why we like to build as late as possible, because the sculpture should be at its most beautiful when the guests arrive.

Cooling makes no sense and we see melting as part of the whole experience. It is also technically not an option as the cooling must come from above. Cooling in the base is useless, because cold falls down.

Factors such as wind (warm air currents), solar radiation, heat from lamps and fire and rain can extremely accelerate the melting process. The unpredictability of the melting process is therefore also often used in marketing campaigns. Think of the Q-Music campaigns that we did for them for years: “Guess when the key falls out of the ice block and win a Porsche”.

What happens to the melt water?

After 25 years of experience, we have good solutions and offer customised solutions for the collection and disposal of melt water. There are even pedestals available to catch the melt water. To dispose of the melt water we use a simple garden hose, hydrogen hoover and pump.

What about the transport? Don't the ice sculptures arrive melted?

Ice sculptures and ice blocks that are properly insulated and protected against breakage can be transported without refrigeration. Of course, the outside temperatures are a factor here. However, we do not take any risks with smaller ice sculptures and have them transported by DE IJSKOERIER. Larger consignments go to their destination by frozen food truck on pallets.

Can ice sculptures be kept longer with cooling?

Yes, this is certainly possible, but for the average ice sculpture at a buffet or an outdoor location, for example, it is not an option. The cooling must come from above and therefore something should be placed over it from where cold falls down. That is usually too much hassle and it becomes too expensive. Moreover, melting is part of the experience.

It is certainly an option to place the ice sculpture in a large freezer that is accessible to the public. We did this for the Jägermeister Ice bar, which even traveled from event to event in a trailer. But also for the Xtracold Ice bar in Amsterdam, which attracts more than 250,000 visitors a year.

How are those ice sculptures made, do they come from molds?

All ice sculptures made by our team are handcrafted. Our team consists of professional ice carvers who use chainsaws and chisels to create the most beautiful sculptures out of the ice. Therefore, the range is almost unlimited. Of course, all this must be seen within the technical possibilities offered by the ice and the melting process must be taken into account. Larger ice images can be composed of several smaller ice blocks.

Building kit
We have even specialized in producing the ice sculptures for larger projects, such as the Xtracold Ice bar, as well as smaller ice bars, as much as possible in our own workshop. These are packaged as kits and assembled on site. This enables us to deliver better quality and to reduce the time required for set-up.

Is there more than one type of ice?

Yes, there are various types of ice available. The most common forms of ice cream are clear and white blocks. The type of ice to be used depends on the location and purpose. Combinations of clear and white ice can produce wonderful results. Of course, clear ice cubes are ideal for freezing objects. For photographers, we can, on request, disrupt the freezing process in order to provide extra perception in the photos by means of air bubbles and cracks in the ice.

Clear ice sculptures are preferably used as buffet decorations and eye-catchers at indoor events. With the right lighting, the sculptures have the appearance of diamonds. However, we generally recommend white ice letters because they have a much more monumental presence in the room. This also applies to ice bars. White ice bars also have a practical advantage, as tables, crates, glasses, etc. can be placed behind them. Clear ice bars are often there just for show. When used intensively, it quickly becomes cluttered.

For outdoor locations, clear ice must absolutely not be left in the sun, because the sun will burn the ice to pieces. This also happens when it is freezing and therefore has nothing to do with melting. Summer temperatures can also affect the structure of the clear ice, making it cloudy or stringy. Again, white ice cubes have a more imposing presence in the outdoor space. White ice walls are also ideally suited for placing objects behind them and then breaking open the ice wall with chainsaws and axes, for example, to reveal a new logo.