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He was a Michelangelo of ice, a Rodin of butter.
Anytime James Helferich established to function on a 300-pound block of ice, his co-personnel at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., would acquire, awe-struck, as he chiseled out a shark, a dolphin, an eagle or an elaborate fruit basket. His butter work was just as enthralling: He worked the butter like clay, with a ceramist’s tools, forming fragile mermaids or educational institutions of fish that seemed