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Cast Your Vote on What Central Park Statue Should Be Sculpted out of Ice

By Shaye Weaver | January 15, 2016 3:45pm | Updated on January 18, 2016 9:35am
 Okamoto Studio will carve one of four Central Park statues out of ice, like this Belvedere Castle sculpture from a previous year.
Okamoto Studio will carve one of four Central Park statues out of ice, like this Belvedere Castle sculpture from a previous year.
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CENTRAL PARK — Which iconic Central Park statue would you like to see carved out of a 6,000-pound block of ice?

Artists from Okamoto Studio — a Long Island City-based ice carving company that has created pieces for companies like Nike, Bergdorf Goodman, Rockefeller Center and Tiffany, among others — will carve Central Park's own frozen monuments using chainsaws, chisels and ice picks for the Central Park Ice Festival on Feb. 13.

To prepare, the Central Park Conservancy is asking everyone to vote for one of four statues — the Alice in Wonderland statue, the Untermyer Fountain, the Burnett Fountain or the Falconer statue — that they'd like to see carved out of ice.

The Alice in Wonderland statue, installed near East 75th Street in 1959, features the many characters of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," including Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit, sitting on a mushroom.


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The Untermeyer Fountain, installed at the Conservatory Garden in 1947, depicts a circle of three women as they "play" in the fountain.


The Burnett Fountain, put into the Conservatory Garden in 1937, shows Mary and Dickon — the main characters in "The Secret Garden." Mary holds a bowl, which works as a birdbath, and Dickon plays a flute.


Finally, the Falconer statue near 72nd Street shows a man dressed in Elizabethan clothes holding up a falcon, which represents the communion between man and a bird of prey.


The last day to vote is Friday, Jan. 22.

The Ice Festival, which will be held at the Naumburg Bandshell near 66th Street on Feb. 13, will have a slew of events, from the ice carving to a "silent disco" where festival-goers can tune into the DJ of their choice with glowing headphones and dance along. 

Park visitors will also be able to make their own Central Park statues, view colorful lights brightening up the night and take part in Central Park trivia.

Those who participate in the vote online will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to a new restaurant, according to the Central Park Conservancy.

The Ice Festival begins at 3 p.m. on Feb. 13. For a schedule of events, visit the conservancy's website.