Okamoto Studio had a live carving performance for Bryant Park’s annual FrostFest event. We carved a full, upright polar bear holding both a snowflake and the FrostFest logo!
Okamoto Studio partnered with NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to create multiple fun sculptures such as photo ops and famous landmarks as well as a live carving performance of a skier! This was all located in Central Park’s Naumberg Bandshell.
We enjoyed our partnership with Arts Brookfield for the 8th year of spectacular live ice carving performances!✨
We created blocks of ice into endangered animals this year, including a Gorilla, Orangutan, Giant Sea Bass, Siberian Tiger, Sumatran Elephant, Polar Bear, Toucan, California Condor, Vaquita and a Rusty Patched Bumblebee❄️
Okamoto Studio collaborated with David Yurman to create a simple ice sculpture with the iconic David Yurman bracelets frozen inside.
We are so honored to help launch Macy’s Winter Holiday Window Display! Live carving performance on the first day of snow for NYC☃️ A truly magical night it was😉
A fascinating, interactive ice installation commissioned by artist Emilie Baltz for the opening of Lexus INTERSECT in New York City. Every touch to ice created specific sound and color triggered to create your own, unique, sensory experience. Technology is a beautiful thing.
Okamoto Studio provided a suitcase ice sculpture for a protest/march against ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and their abusive approach to immigration with the current administration. We created the suitcase design to symbolize the fact that each detainee was allowed one suitcase of their belongings in this chaos.
The crew at RTR Media came to film for HGTV's show "See J Work" at Okamoto Studio! The host/star of the show, DIY expert and custom furniture designer Jason Pickens, films as he learns a variety of creative trades, from cake decorating to pottery making to ice sculpting.
In this episode, Jason and Shintaro build an ice throne together!
Video: HGTV & RTR Media
The crew from Eater came to Okamoto Studio to film for their show called, "How To Make It". The show's host is Katie Pickens, Iron Chef Michael Symon's culinary director, visits multiple businesses to have a hands-on experience with some of the craziest jobs in the food world.
In this shoot, Katie and Shintaro craft Ice Bowls!
This exhibition that Children's Museum of Manhattan created is an interactive traveling exhibit that will transport families to a present-day setting in Tokyo. Among the many different workshops that they offered, Okamoto Studio's ice carving workshop was one of them.
The theme of the workshop was Anime, and had all popular and loved characters from many different types with their images embedded into small ice blocks. From there children carved, cut, and even torched their sculptures to shape out the image embedded inside.
Okamoto Studio and artist collaborative LigoranoReese worked together to create an ice sculpture with the words "TRUTH" spelled in all capital letters. The installation is called TRUTH BE TOLD. The artists intend for the 10 feet wide, 4 feet tall sculpture to melt away, which lasted about a week. This was installed Saturday, January 20, 2018; the first anniversary of the Trump administration inauguration.
Video Credit: LigoranoReese
With Christmas time comes wonderful and inspirational ideas for ice sculptures, including ideas on what to purchase a loved one. Okamoto Studio and David Yurman collaborated to create their iconic "Renaissance" bracelet to be carved in front of the David Yurman storefront on Prince Street.
Video: David Yurman
Our annual partnership with Arts Brookfield led to another wonderful live carving performance at Grace Plaza. This year's theme was "Sea Life"; this included a shark, turtle, hermit crab, octopus, and even an Aquarium Ice Wall Photo Op!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Gordon
Okamoto Studio froze Louis Vuitton and Fendi in Ice for V Magazine.
Photographer: Jason Pietra
New York in Akasaka - Hoppy Beverage commissions OKAMOTO STUDIO to create a massive ice bar, a graffiti ice wall, and live carving performances.
Okamoto Studio and Uber collaborated on a public installation to launch Uber Ice Cream. We froze a hundred Collectible Cones in 11,000 pounds of ice and installed it in the middle of Union Square. As the ice melted, people freed their Collectible Cones which unlocked free ice cream every Friday through summer!
Photographer: Yoshio Itagaki
Video: Victoria Nygren
Okamoto Studio created and designed a 9-foot tall elephant and installed this in Union Square. This was installed on World Elephant Day, and acted as a visual representation of Africa's disappearing elephants, sponsored by South African cream liqueur company Amarula and WildlifeDIRECT.
The visual was meant to show the crowds gathered at Union Square "the alarming rate in which African elephants are disappearing at the hands of poachers," a press release states.
Photographer: Yoshio Itagaki
Okamoto Studio's live carving performances with Arts Brookfield at Grace Plaza is always a cherished yearly tradition. This year was a Safari Animal theme; this included Lions, a Zebra, a Hippo, and many more!
Photo Credit: Yoshio Itagaki
Travel Channel along with Pop2Life commissioned Okamoto Studio to have a live carving performance near the Flatiron Building in Manhattan. This was to promote the first episode of Travel Channel's 4-part series, Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti. Okamoto Studio crafted several yeti sculptures, including two 8-foot and 7-foot life size Yeti sculptures along with a few Yeti busts.
Original Penguin, a sportswear clothing brand owned by Munsingwear, had a commercial shoot with Shintaro Okamoto at Okamoto Studio. Shintaro briefly became the face of Original Penguin, and even sculpted out the iconic logo in the studio.