Ice cube Christmas tree at King’s Cross

Posted: Friday 2nd December 2016

Today, ‘Fighting fire with ice cream’, a giant Christmas tree in a seven-metre ‘cube of ice’ was unveiled at King’s Cross by British artist Alex Chinneck.

The tree, which stands at 17 feet tall and is adorned with 1,200 lights, is seemingly frozen within a bespoke ‘ice cube’ in Granary Square; it will be on display until the 6 January 2017.

With a reputation for producing spectacular public artworks, Chinneck has previously built a two-storey house made of wax bricks that melted over 30 days (a pound of flesh for 50p), an inverted electricity pylon that balanced on its absolute tip (A bullet from a shooting star) and a stone building that appeared to hover on Covent Garden Piazza (Take my lightning but don’t steal my thunder).

The spectacular installation is the height of a two-storey house and has been carved and cast from two tonnes of resin. To create the surrounding puddle, which seemingly melts into the Square’s iconic fountains, the artist has poured over 550 pounds of clear wax.

‘Fighting fire with ice cream’ is the latest addition to Alex Chinneck’s portfolio, which combines the disciplines of sculpture, architecture, engineering and construction to create bold and brilliant public artworks.

Speaking about ‘Fighting fire with ice cream’, Alex Chinneck, said;

“The work has been created for everyone and anyone. Every project that we produce is unique to the place in which it stands; I wanted to create an installation for King’s Cross that was visually and theatrically intertwined with the fountains of Granary Square. They bring the location to life and so it was logical to take inspiration from their animating presence. If any Christmas parties run out of ice, they’ll know where to find some!”

Adding to this, Maxine Shannon, director of events at King’s Cross, said:

“Alex has created another show-stopping piece, and it fits the magical atmosphere of Granary Square to a tee. We look forward to welcoming visitors to King’s Cross over the festive period to enjoy our calendar of activities.”

The installation is free and will be up from 2 December until 6 January 2017.

Those visiting ‘Fighting fire with ice cream’, will also be able to visit two Christmas markets, an ‘alternative’ carol concert, and the site-wide Christmas lights.

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