Mystery Solved: Missing Polar Ice Turns up in Madrid!

Exhibition: Madrid on Ice

Location: On show just next to the Torre Picasso

 

Ironically, as the ice caps are disappearing from the poles they are turning up in… sunny Spain? Nearly 300 tons of it, anyway. This inversion is not the wayward effect of global warming – it is all in the name of art. If you’d like to catch just a bit of the arctic this season, then make sure to head down to Nuevos Ministerios from November 23 to the beginning of the new year as the Spanish capital hosts “Madrid on Ice” the sprawling ice sculpture exhibit.

The event will be like no other as the city showcases enormous handcrafted Christmas-theme ice statues. Over 50 artists from all over the world including Germany, Holland, Belgium, Australia, China and Spain have been working for the last few weeks to reproduce these monuments out of 250 tons of ice. These ice blocks were produced in a special factory in Belgium, and then transported in 12 trailers to the Azca zone of Madrid so the sculptors could begin transforming them into frozen works of art.

The production of these pieces took place in a 1,500 square meter tent in the Plaza de la Fuente of Azca (Nuevos Ministerios), where the artists worked in 12-degree-below-zero temperatures to keep the ice from melting.

The unveiling of these spectacular ice monuments was on November 21 for all of Madrid to gaze upon. The exhibit will remain open to the public from November 23, 2007 till January 7, 2008 as part of the campaign for Christmas Madrid City Hall. Madrid On Ice is sponsored by the City Council of Madrid and organized by Elec3city, a marketing and communication group.If you are looking for something quaint and holiday-ish to do this season with friends, family or significant others – it’s ideal.

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The Funny Thing About Fear…

Event: Giggling Guiri presents – Zoe Lyons
Venue: Teatro Alfil
Date: Nov, 30th, 2007
Time: Pick up tickets at 23:30, show at midnight
Calle del pez, 10
Metro: Callao, Gran Via, Noviciado, and Tribunal
Yes, you can order a coffee; yes, you can do small talk; and yes, you can get your basic political views across, but what about wisecracks, puns and general joking around. For many, humor is the one of the biggest hurdles in adapting to life abroad.Another common barrier is fear – often intensified when out of your element. I can attest: when living in Tokyo, I mistook the ice cream man for a yakuza hit man and spent 5 minutes lying on my apartment floor praying he would be merciful. Needless to say, I emerged unscathed – with a chocolate dip cone to boot! I can’t believe I just admitted that publicly. Hmmm.Anyway, the point is this: Friday at the bewitching hour of midnight, these two mainstays of your day – issues of humor and fear – will come together in one uproarious event. Yes, the Giggling Guiri is at it again. Zoe Lyons is the featured comic doing a show on, of course, fear. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lyons, in 2004 she won the ‘Babycham Funny Women Award’ and also made the finals for Channel 4’s “So You Think You’re Funny Award”. Since then, she has been going strong and has become a regular on British TV. The best part of all is that exclusively through MAP, you can get 50% off the entrance price (originally 17, now 8.50). To be eligible, simply send us an email (editorial.mapmagazine@gmail.com) that includes the name of the people attending with “Giggling Guiri” in the email’s subject line. On Friday, meet a MAP representative at 11:30 in front of the theatre. We will last check our email at 22:00 on the night of the performance.Live performance for the price of a movie? Come on, what are you afraid of?

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