Vail celebrates 50th anniversary by projecting films and photos on the Logan Ice Theater

Icy objects are familiar sights in Vail, but a ten-foot-tall wall of ice used as a projection screen is definitely a first in this mountain town. The Logan Ice Theater will be unveiled tonight at the Sixth Annual Triumph Winterfest, coming alive with videos and images of the past fifty years of the town, since the ski resort is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. And, weather permitting, the theater will stay in business through February.

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Paul Wertin of Alpine Ice Sculpture is creating the screen at Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village using blocks of ice. When it's finished, it will be ten feet tall by eight feet wide, with an opaque surface placed on the back to create the reflection. "I thought it would be a nice venue to project all of the films and videos that have been created in honor of Vail's fiftieth anniversary," explains Molly Eppard, coordinator of the town's Art in Public Places.

Some of the films that will be projected starting tonight include a video by Warren Miller Entertainment of compiled footage of Vail from 1962 to the present, as well as a film created by Vail Ski and Snowboard School. "We put a call out to Vail residents and guests to submit their photos," Eppard says. The submitted photos will also be projected onto the screen.

Other films and events are being scheduled for the theater; weather willing, it will be up through February. And on January 18, it will be supplemented by other ice sculptures when the Triumph Winterfest ice sculpture exhibition opens on January 18 on the Gore Creek Promenade.

Photos from Vail residents and guests can be submitted for showing until January 15. For instructions on how to submit, e-mail winterfest@vailgov.com. For more information on the the Sixth Annual Triumph Winterfest and the Logan Ice Theater, visit the Art in Vail website.

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