About the Ice Painting Project
“Canada is a big country, why not make big paintings?”
Gordon Halloran asked himself this question as he began his journey into the creation of this new art form in the early nineties. His work has been featured at The World Figure Skating Championships, the Calgary Olympic Plaza, Richmond’s Minoru Centre, Vancouver’s West End Community Centre and other rinks in Canada.
He uses many techniques to create these paintings - hoses to airbrush paint, pebbling with ice and paint, carving patterns in the ice with skates, using the Zamboni as a palette knife and creating smaller paintings in freezers which he then trucks to the site and embeds into the ice like mosaic like patterns.
About the Artist
About the Olympic Installation
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"The quintessential Canadian art form"
"Ice rink work a first"
"Imagine the rink itself exploding with the fullness of rich, primary color -- thrown, sprayed, brushed layer upon layer across the entire surface like a jeweled mosaic."
"Everyone present was sharing the exhilaration and natural high of skating, the sensory hit of the new and different, the sights and sound of an arena transformed."
"A new Canadian art form emerges from the depths of Gordon Halloran's deep-freeze."
"We are thrilled to offer you this commission to create this exciting, innovative project in celebration of our World Championships"
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