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CHAUVET HELPS WARD OFF COLD FEET AT ICE MUSEUM

27 February 2008


Open year-round, the Aurora Ice Museum, a 6,000 square feet hand-carved ice structure near Fairbanks, USA, has added a series of Chauvet LED lighting to enhance its frosty interior.

The museum showcases the work of award-winning husband and wife team, Steve and Heather Brice, and includes a two-story observation tower, a spiral staircase, chandeliers, and life-size chess set with jousters on horseback. The venue also acts as a wedding venue with full ice, four bedrooms for rent and even an ice altar.


The museum remains at a brisk 20 degrees Fahrenheit year-round thanks to an absorption chiller that keeps it cold enough to withstand the rising temperatures during summer months.  Lighting the interior to accentuate the details in the carvings without generating heat presented a serious challenge. Steve and Heather Brice selected CHAUVET fixtures out of familiarity with the line. They had participated in March in the Ice Alaska Art Championships where the COLORado™1 and COLORado™3 wash lights had illuminated ice sculptures of artists from around the world, including their own. When they learned that Ice Alaska’s organizers had put the very same fixtures up for sale, the Brices purchased them without hesitation.


The units’ IP66 rating, rugged casing and use of LEDs make them perfect for an application that is sensitive to heat and requires a strong resilience to outdoor elements, with the fixtures being submersed in water, frozen into blocks of ice and then suspended and expected to perform in persistent 200ºF temperatures.

 

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