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Photos: Ice City in Jerusalem

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 7, 2012


Last night we went to Israel’s first ice festival, עיר הקרח (Ice City) in Jerusalem, at the old train station. I packed leg warmers, hats, and gloves. They provide a coat at the exhibit.

Thirty-five sculptors, lighting technicians, designers, and builders came from China to recreate a local version of the Harbin Ice Festival of northern China. The sculptures are based on Jerusalem landmarks, Israeli children’s literature, and biblical stories. The complex, which was specially built for the exhibit, is kept at a temperature of -10 degrees C. For an extra charge you can go ice-skating but we only went to the ice sculpture exhibit.

The exhibit has been extended to the end of May 2012. It’s a bit pricey (75 NIS, and you might only get half an hour or so to view it), but it’s worth knowing that if you have an Isracard (Mastercard in Israel), you can get the tickets for half price. Just allow enough time to order them because you have to get a coupon from Isracard and use it to order the tickets. Dress warmly because it is an ice exhibit, after all.

The lighting was constantly changing, which made the exhibit very interesting to photograph. Depending on the colour and the direction of the light, a sculpture could have very different appearances.

The Tower of David was very impressive.

Tower of David

Mishkenot Shana’anim.


Moses Montefiore’s carriage:

Montefiore's Coach

Montefiore Windmill of Yemin Moshe, photographed through the pillars of the ice bridge in the next section:


Animals of Noah’s Ark.


Ice Elephant

Animal photographed through a wall. The ice was amazingly clear.

Animal through ice wall



The Mifletzet (“Monster”), a children’s slide in the Kiryat haYovel neighbourhood of Jerusalem:

Mifletzet (Monster)

Cinderella’s coach, after it turned into a pumpkin:

Cinderella's Pumpkin

Dorothy and the Tin Man:

Dorothy and Tin Man

Vodka bar, but no one seemed to be at the counter.


Castle Tower

Winged Camels

4 Responses to “Photos: Ice City in Jerusalem”

  1. Debbie said

    I’ve been waiting for this, Avital. Was wondering what took so long! Great photos.I love the way you captured the photos. I don’t know if we’re going to get there before it closes.

    • Avital Pinnick said

      LOL! Well, with Pesach, my MIL’s 2-week visit, work-related stuff…. Just took us a while to get around to seeing the exhibit! I’m glad we finally managed to go.

  2. pam said

    I am thrilled to see this installation, Avital. Thank you for going to all the work and effort to share. But I imagine that being right there in the freezing presence of these amazing sculptures is an experience that really can not be adequately captured with a camera – even when that camera is in your capable hands!

    I have sent links to several friends and will be linking in a upcoming post as well.

    Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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