Cool weather gives
longer life to carvings
Caroline Li of T.D. Wang advertising group, helped put this event together said they succeeded doing what they wanted to do, and that was to bring families together.
When asked how the theme of ice played into the event, she said it was a specific request of the producers of the event; Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District.
“We were instructed that there had to be ice,” Li said.
Ice carving takes special skills and a lot of practice so it’s not difficult to find the ice sculpture once you know who they are, but it can be difficult tracking them down because of their busy schedule.
In the case of Kitburi, Li recalls seeing his carvings at different events.
“We saw Chan’s carvings at another event last summer,” Li said.
Her boss had also recently met Tina and had her business card but they still had misconnections via the phone because of Kitburi’s busy schedule.
It wasn’t until luck played a part in the meeting that everything came together.
Li says she was attending a local event planning convention at the Seattle Events Center and sheran ino the Kitburis..
“They were one of two ice carvers that were there,” Li said.
After the initial meeting took place Chan and Tina were more than delighted to take part in the Seattle event going as far as helping with some of the event details.
“They went way beyond, and they’re like part of our team now,” Li commented.
Kitburi was instructed to produce a “signature” piece for the week’s event which was a ten foot carving of a snowman.
“Everybody has been coming down here to see the ice carvings,” said Li, adding “Ice is definitely the main attraction.
Kitburi’s brothers flew in from the East to assist him in the pre-production of the carvings, but had to return home because they also carve ice and do weekly ice carvings at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.