Ice sculptures for every occasion

January 14, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
There is not a lot of snow in our area yet this year, but there's a place in Queens where you'll see plenty of ice. It's in an art studio.

Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg has more.

Some artists paint, some artists draw, some artists mold clay. And other artists work with ice. And as you might imagine, their work, while fabulous is also ephemeral.

It's always noisy and cold at the Okamoto Studio in Long Island City. But out of the sawing and carving come the most elegant ice sculptures.

Shintaro Okamoto opened the studio several years ago. He's a painter, but has been working with ice since he was a child growing up in Anchorage, Alaska. His father is a master ice sculptor and they found that New York, with it's fashion shows, movie premieres, galas and restaurants, needed what they had to offer, ice sculptures that go well beyond the typical sculptures you see at a buffet.

For more on Okamoto Studio, visit