By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – To celebrate the holiday season, and get you in the mood to skate, artists created an ice sculpture to greet folks at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing.

Like in days’ gone by, the artists used the same methods from the early 20th century, metal cans were filled with water and placed in a pool of brine, which was chilled.

But, they used chainsaws and other power tools to carve the figures – penguins from 16-blocks of ice, each of which weighed about 300-pounds.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s Jodie Milkman says the only outdoor Olympic size public skating rink in Philadelphia, on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, is a terrific setting for the holidays.

“There’s alot of opportunities to come down, skate in the new year and celebrate winter.”

It’s open seven days a week, with extended hours this time of year.

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