Internationally known sculptor honors nurses with ice carvings during N.J. downtown event

Posted Jan 25, 2021

Roger Wing sculpts in wood, stone, bronze, ice, sand and sometimes snow. He lives in Philadelphia, but since he started carving ice in 1997 he’s been in competitions around the globe, most recently in Beijing, China, last year where he took home medals in three of the four events he competed in — a bronze, a silver and a gold.

Saturday, he was in New Jersey during the Haddonfield Winterfest Sidewalk Sale, to use his well-honed skills to honor front line workers of the COVID-19 pandemic, turning two 300-pound blocks of ice into two separate sculptures, the first one honoring nurses.

The event held in Kings Court was a collaboration between Downtown Haddonfield and Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust as a “thank you” to health care workers. An appreciative crowd of passers-by watched the action as the first block of ice took the form of a “Rosie the Riveter” type character over the course of about 90 minutes.

A chain saw was the tool of choice for most of the heavy lifting, but a variety of finer tools came out for the finishing touches — grinders and chisels, little fine hand saws. “But, mostly we use our imagination,” Wing said. “Our most powerful tool is our imagination.”

When the first sculpture was complete, nurses and family members were invited in for a photo opportunity and some words of appreciation.

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