Earth Beat, 25 May 2012. Ice, ice baby and bucketloads of the stuff. We meet the ice obsessives, people for whom ice is their job, their way of life, their art. Making music with it, sculpting it or just immersing your body in it: ice is too cool for school.
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Wim Hof loves the ice and likes nothing better than immersing himself in it for a couple of hours.
Video - Wim Hof came to the RNW studios to be interviewed and set Marnie an ice foot-immersion challenge.
We encounter the icy sound world of Norwegian musician Terje Isungset.
He not only writes and performs with ice, he also makes his own instruments. View photos.
But if you imagine his work to sound cold and unforgiving, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
Mauritius isn’t known for its cold climate and it’s not the kind of place you’d expect to find a world-famous ice-sculptor.
But Steve Armance started working as a wood carver on the island before turning his hand to the cold stuff instead.
His career has taken him to a number of cold countries, where his creations have earned him the title of World Champion. View photos.
Video - Steve Armance & Mario Amegee represent Africa at the London Ice Sculpting Festival 2011 (0.44):
Dr Nirmal Kumar Sinha doesn’t have the sort of name you’d associate with snow and ice.
But in his adopted home of Canada he’s become known as The Iceman.
His passion for the stuff has led to 35 Arctic trips, a lot of pain and a scientific knowledge of the cold that is second to none.
Walk-in freezers are normally the preserve of restaurants and butcher shops, but Tom and Beth Tailer have built one in their backyard.
They want to establish a sustainable community ice house, where neighbours can make use of three storeys of storage space.
They’ve built this giant freezer from their own trees, and it's insulated using plastic bottles filled with a saline solution. The Tailers tell Marnie how it works.