Blissfully oblivioius to the historical parallels, an “ice studio” headed by Valery Gromov decided to create a “modern interpretation” of the ice palace project, some 266 years later. We are happy to report that the team stayed true to this aggressive goal. So true, in fact, that the web site↣ (icestudio.ru) of the studio features a “splash” page built in the best traditions of Russian servitude, complete with a portrait of and a quote from the current head of state - in this case, Vladimir Putin.
In all fairness to the artists, the project is impressive. A bit too impressive, perhaps, since way too many Petersburgers turned out to see it. We stand humbled by their endurance. Only in Russia can people be content with waiting in two lines in winter - 1.5 hours (!) to get their tickes and half an hour more to actually enter the territory of the “ice palace”.
Luckily, photos from the outside were permitted, which allows us to bring you the pictures without too much sacrifice on our part.