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Ice City sure to warm hearts at garden City shopping centre

New Santa village latest change as mall undergoes renovations

Garden City shopping Centre recently unveiled it's new Christmas display called 'Santa's Ice City'. By Damian Johnson I

t’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Gar- den City Shopping Centre.

The shopping mall at the corner of McPhillips St and Leila Ave recently unveiled their brand new Christmas village. Dubbed ‘Santa’s Ice City’, the display features an arctic landscape, complete with icebergs, polar bears and northern lights. The display was made by Brokenhead Studio Inc. from Beausejour. The display is made out of a coat- ed Styrofoam, allowing for very large pieces that are still light and easy to install. The tallest iceberg piece is 14 feet tall, and the pieces are lit from above to simulate the waves and flickers of northern lights. Some time had passed since the last time that Gar- den City had made changes to their Santa village, and the feeling was that the old display had become dated.

“We decided to make changes as the community around us changes,” said Olga Pogrebinskaia, the marketing coordinator for the Garden City Shop-

were that it have a contemporary design, be appeal- ing to kids, not go out of style, be easy to assemble and go with the décor of the new renovations to the mall.”

Cade was driving to his home in Tyndall when the dancing lights of aurora borealis proved to be his inspiration. “I thought ‘that’s it!’”, said Cade. “Northern lights will never go out of style.”

The new display was inspired by the northern lights.

ping Centre. “We wanted to create excitement in the eyes of kids when they come in to see Santa, and have something exciting and new for them to see.” Garden City got in touch with Ken Cade and his

team at Brokenhead Studio during the spring of 2015.

“They approached me looking for a new village for Christmas time,” said Cade. “Their stipulations

Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!

Cade designed and built his own how wire foam cutters to sculpt the large pieces of iceberg, then scanned a toy polar bear, increased its scale and used a CNC router to create the final bear products. Cade says the project was a ton of fun to work on, but, just like Santa, none of it would have been pos- sible without his own team of helpers. “I have a tremendous staff,” said Cade. “It’s defi-

nitely not a solo effort. If I have one skill, it’s bring- ing the right people together.” “The end goal was to make something with a real

‘wow’ factor, which also inspires. One of the great things with projects like this is seeing the reaction of the kids when they see it for the first time. What a feeling.”

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