Frozen World Ice Sculptures

This project is inspired by a work in the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection, titled Your Memory of Rain Encased, 1976 by Dane Mitchell.

Dane Mitchell loves how liquids and gases can be frozen in time! ⁠⠀

Lets create a frozen world of our own and experiment with salt and food colouring to see how they react with ice!


You will need:

Cake tins or old containers - A bunch of different shapes and sizes / whatever you can find in the kitchen. (These will need to fit in your freezer)⁠

Toys / little characters or animals⁠⠀

Food colouring / Sprinkles

Salt ⁠⠀

A freezer⠀

Artist: Dane Mitchell
b. 1976
Title: Your Memory of Rain Encased (UV Release)
Production date: 2010
Media: UV release encapsulated perfume, glass, silver nitrate, silicon, springs.

Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth.

Acquired with assistance from the Govett-Brewster Foundation.

Step 1

Make frozen shapes in ice, using old cake tins or containers found in your kitchen cupboard at home.

Fill the containers with water and add old toys. ⁠⠀

Step 2

Pop them in your freezer overnight to freeze.⁠⠀

Step 3

Once they are frozen through, take them out of the freezer, put the shapes of ice on a tray and create your own frozen world.

Step 4

Can you stack them or create a structure?

Now, lets add food colouring and salt! ⁠

Step 5

Play and experiment, see how the ice melts and cracks

Step 6

How long does it take before your toys are free from the ice?⁠⠀

Are there little toy animals frozen in time too?⁠⠀

Are you an adventurer exploring a lost frozen land?

What can you find there?⁠⠀

All Done!

How did your artwork turn out? We would love to see your creation!

Share it with us, take a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #GBCreate or email it to us: and we can share it for you.⁠⠀⁠⠀