North East graduates create ice sculptures for Game of Thrones

An Ice Henge Sculpture for hit TV show Game of Thrones has been created by two Sunderland University graduates

The Ice Henge Sculpture on hit TV show Game of Thrones
The Ice Henge Sculpture on hit TV show Game of Thrones

Ice sculptors who honed their craft at a North East university have seen their work showcased on one of the world’s most talked-about TV series.

Mat Foster and Mat Chaloner formed the company Glacial Art Ice Sculptors after graduating from Sunderland University.

Since then they have worked around the world and done projects for companies including Rolex, Gucci and Bentley.

Now their work is getting its biggest audience yet after they were asked to create an Ice Henge Sculpture for the American TV show Game of Thrones.

Mat Chaloner, 34, who graduated from Sunderland with a degree in model making and design in 2001, said: “Having been fans of the original books and the series, this ice sculpting job was a massive breakthrough for the Glacial Art team as a first step into the world of film and TV and, on such a big budget production, anything but perfection would be a failure.

“Director Michele MacLaren, who also directed and produced the series Breaking Bad, was an absolute pleasure to work with. This certainly is a new area we are moving into.”

Mat Chaloner and Mat Foster work on the set of Game of Thrones
Mat Chaloner and Mat Foster work on the set of Game of Thrones

Having kept the commission secret for over six months, the two Mats were delighted to see the final results screened on Sky Atlantic.

Mat Foster added: “Being behind the cameras, the light and the green screens just reminded me of how enchanted we still are by movie magic. This is a great starting point for Glacial Art’s future in ice effects and ice props for the silver screen.”

The pair, who have also worked with Angelina Jolie and Yoko Ono, are now in talks with the programme’s production team and are hoping to do more work on the cult show.

Mat Chaloner, said: “We both absolutely loved university. I had the best three years and developed the skills I needed to help me set me on the right path.”

On top of their day jobs, they have a hand in inspiring the next generation of sculptors during regular visits to Sunderland and catch up with their old lecturers who helped hone their talents in the early days.


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