FGBNMS is Ice Land Inspiration
November 4, 2016
For the third year in a row, Galveston Island's Moody Gardens will be showcasing an ice sculpture adventure for the winter holiday season. But, this year is a little different. This year, one of the the inspirations for Ice Land: A Caribbean Christmas is Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary!
A skilled team of master ice carvers from China has created an amazing ocean journey using two million pounds of ice. That journey starts with an ice replica of R/V MANTA, the sanctuary's research vessel.
The ice-sculpted vessel is big enough that visitors can climb around on the back deck and examine the masterfully carved Scuba gear up close.
Beyond the MANTA, visitors are immersed in a tropical undersea world complete with shipwrecks, treasure, a diver, a submarine and brightly colored marine life, all carved from ice.
While the sanctuary was the primary inspiration, there are other Caribbean elements portrayed in the colorful reefscapes of Ice Land. For one thing, the corals of FGBNMS are not as diverse as you might see on other reef sites, so the artists have taken a bit of creative license and added lots of colorful sea fans and large branching corals. But, visitors will be able to identify an array of brightly colored sanctuary reef fishes, sponges, sharks, sea turtles and more.
The detail and accuracy of the ice sculptures is absolutely amazing! Visitors knowledgeable about reef life will even be able to identify specific species.
At a time when coral reefs around the world have been suffering from extreme heat, it's nice to spotlight their healthy beauty in such a really COOL way!
If you get a chance to visit this icy undersea wonderland, be sure to share your experiences on social media using #FGBIceLand and/or #MGIceLand so we can follow along.
Ice Land: A Caribbean Christmas will be open November 12, 2016 through January 8, 2017 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. For more information, visit the Moody Gardens website.