I wanted to do something special on the first day of the year. Going through the, non-surprisingly, very limited list of options, I opted for Ice Magic.
Some 20 artist-sculptors from across the globe have depicted famous comic strips’ characters. To be honest, I have never been into comic strips so for me it was a learning exercise as well. Still I was able to recognize Tintin, the Smurfs and Asterix. It seems they are in a good company though sharing the 1,000m² pavilion with Quick & Flupke, Gaston Lagaffe, Boule et Bill, Thor, Spiderman, Lucky Luke and Thorgal.
Walking through this enchanting world I found myself in a magical forest, on the beach and on a tiny bridge over an invisible river.
I also took a nap in the coldest bed ever.
Finally I got warmed up with some vodka in the Ice Bar.
What I really loved about the exhibition was the attentiveness to the details in the precise work of the sculptors.
It was a different, beautiful and fun experience. And a freezing one (-6°).
It can be also a good deal – if you stop for a drink at the Royal Café next door, another charming temporary initiative, you will get a free drink in addition and a second free ticket for Ice Magic after buying one. Wish I knew about it when I went but, nevertheless, it was worth it.
Brussels Ice Magic will continue till 9 February. What they say on the website is true – you’d better book your tickets online since those queues are really long!