Ice sculptors bring superheroes to life in ice - WNEM TV 5

Ice sculptors bring superheroes to life in ice

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

“It's big. There's a lot to see,” said Gregory Butauski.

Butauski said carvers will be using their own superpowers while competing in the professional ice exhibition at Snowfest.

“We've got superheroes and comic book characters, cartoon characters – and they are all sculpting a big number 25 to celebrate the 25 years of carving here at Zehnders in Frankenmuth,” Butauski said.

All of the ice sculptures at Snowfest will start out just ice blocks ready to get carved.

“The tools are difficult to use sometimes, especially in the cold weather,” Butauski said. “A lot of preparation ahead of time, to figure out what you're going to do and how you're going to do it. It's a lengthy process and you have to be pretty dedicated to get it done.”

Butauski is an award-winning, certified master ice sculptor. His team will be finishing a 100-block ice creation along with a WNEM-TV5 ice desk which anchors will be broadcasting live from throughout the week.

Butauski said the unique atmosphere of Snowfest has him coming back for more every year.

“When you get to go to events like this, you get to carve, people get to see you carve, and then you get to see the reaction, of the people seeing you do this,” Butauski said. “And your final product, very satisfying.”

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