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An artisan ice sculptor from Harbin, China, works Thursday to create a wreath using blocks of green and crystal clear ice. It's one of the many ice carvings in the "Merry Madagascar" show set to open Friday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

An artisan ice sculptor from Harbin, China, works Thursday to create a wreath using blocks of green and crystal clear ice. It's one of the many ice carvings in the "Merry Madagascar" show set to open Friday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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