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Guide To First Night Boston 2012 Ice Sculptures

Ice Sculptures
First Night 2011 ice sculptures taking shape

Of course First Night is known for ice sculptures, and there will be five this year: three on Boston Common and two at Copley Square. Work begins on the sculptures in the days leading up to First Night, with the schedule depending on the weather. Work will continue on the sculptures right through Dec. 31, and they will be lit at night.

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The Looking Glass

Donald Chapelle/Brilliant Ice
Boston Common - Brewers Fountain

Reflections of the four seasons, an exhibit and interactive tour of texture, light and an embrace of nature's gifts. Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture creates a piece with walls that have seasonal items frozen into the ice. Weather permitting, patrons will be able to walk through the sculpture. (If it's not cold enough, and there is melting, this won't be possible!)

Puerto Rico

Steve Rose
Boston Common - Brewers Fountain

Let JetBlue Getaways transport you to the sunny beaches of Puerto Rico. Master ice carver Steve Rose pays tribute to the island of Puerto Rico, in ice.

TADpole Turns Ten

Steve Rose/Ice Effects
Boston Common - TADpole Playground

The Highland Street Foundation celebrates the 10th anniversary of the beloved TADpole Playground with some First Night Frogs, in ice.

The Long Count

Eric Fontecchio/Brookline Ice
Copley Square

A celebration of the end of the Mayan calendar, but certainly not the end of the world, with an Aztec pyramid and a calendar stone. It will be accompanied by a 56-minute music loop, called "The Longcount," by ice carving team member Tom Fahey.

Glass Icicles

Eric Fontecchio/Brookline Ice
Copley Square

Eric was inspired by the MFA's new acquisition Lime Green Icicle Tower by glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Museum was able to purchase this magical piece for all to enjoy thanks to the generosity of enthusiastic members of the public, who gave gifts large and small. Bring your family to the MFA to see the 42-foot original. The spectacular sculpture is made of 2,342 pieces of glass, weighs 10,000 pounds—and never melts!

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