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Post Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:50 pm 
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This year marked the 23rd annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships (sponsored by Cadillac) in Breckenridge, Colorado.
If you didn't get to Breckenridge to see the works in progress or the final product, sit back and enjoy this show.

From The Flume: Sculpting teams from all parts of the world converged on Breckenridge to convert 20-ton blocks of snow into spectacles of original beauty.
Using only hand tools of every description, these artists sawed, hacked, chiseled and scraped on the blocks until their visions materialized before the eyes of visitors to the Riverfront Park outdoor gallery.
This year, 15 teams were selected from conceptual submissions presented last August.
Paying their own passage to Colorado from Canada, Alaska, China,
Spain, Singapore, Mongolia, Germany, Mexico, Iceland, Wales (Great Britain), and even tropical Ecuador brought them in a quest for artistic recognition.
There is no cash award to be had for their efforts.
Judging in this event is done by established artists in the community and
supplemented by votes of visitors who deposit $1 bills in jars at each
sculpting site.
Visiting children got a say in the awards by depositing a single penny in those jars.
The final judging influence was done by the artists who have created the works on display.
This year the work by Team Canada Yukon won the “Kid’s Choice” ribbon, with an interpretation of an Inuit (native Eskimo) legend.
Sweeping the awards this year was a work by Team Mongolia.
This stunning depiction of 13th century warriors on horseback took first place, People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice.
The snow sculptures have a limited viewing life dependent on weather
conditions.
They will remain on view in Riverfront Park until Feb. 3.
As magically as they appeared, they will disappear in a less exciting evening.


Snow made by Breckenridge Ski Resort is trucked in and loaded into forms that wind up as 10' by 10' by 12' high blocks.
Volunteer "snow stompers" pack it down until the form is filled.
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Visitors can make their marks on the uncarved block.
Kids really loved to do this!
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There is a special "Kids Play" area with snow sculptures they can climb all over and under.
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Teams have 65 hours to complete their work.
They are allowed up to four "carvers" and a "helper" who may not even touch the work.
Helpers stay busy shoveling away the excess snow cast aside from the block.

All of the team's work sites have a poster showing and explaining the sculpture and listing the names of the team members.
Here is Team Ecuador.
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It interested me that this team was from what most might consider a "tropical" country.
"What do they know about snow?" might come to mind.
Ecuador does have some moderately high mountains where the climate is cooler than might be expected.
The daring sculpture attempted by Team Ecuador did not survive the warm weather early in the sculpting process.
Oops!
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This happens almost every year. Here is an explanation:
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Artistic concepts vary widely each year.
Team Germany has a history of seemingly stark geometric designs.
Remember the 65 hours allowed?
Team Germany has a track record of finishing their sculpture well under the allotted time - and then they party with schnapps and other beverages! :hugegrin:
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Team Catalonia-Spain had a daring rendition of a Picasso style sculpture.
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I'm not much of an aficionado of this type of art - but there is something for everyone!
This won Third Place in the judging.

Team Mexico tried an "eco-sensitive" work depicting a mechanical whale.
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I don't think the finished product fully rendered the artist conception..
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Team Argentina explained their concept with construction of a sea shell or "Caracola."
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It was nice but not nearly as artistic as some.

Team Iceland built a ball shaped snow house with windows in the pattern of traditional Icelandic knitted wool sweaters.
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This got very interesting on Saturday night when the sculptures were lighted up by color changing LED floods.
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Colored lights really change the viewing of the sculptures.
You will see more "mind bending" colors as you read down this post.
(in the background on the left of this last photo you can see the Argentine sea shell.)

Team China seems to make this stop in Breckenridge every year.
They are hard workers and execute very artistic concepts.
They also seem to chain-smoke cigarettes while working and on breaks!
Almost everybody in China smokes.
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This work is what one might see on a menu of a quality Chinese restaurant. "Happy Family!"
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WOW! That LED lighting really makes a visual difference!

Team Singapore's sculpture interprets "Love, Balance, and Community."
The "Merlion" at the top is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish - it is a mascot in Singapore.
Dolphins draw us to the rhythms and patterns of nature.
Swimming together, they represent the desire of the nations to attain peace throughout the region and the rest of the world.
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Here it is under the LED lights!
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This is Team Great Britain-Wales entitled "The Seven Deadly Sins."
Envy is reacting to Greed.
Lust is observing Pride.
Sloth and Wrath are being affected by Gluttony.
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Team USA Breckenridge carved up one of my favorites of the contest.
"8 Seconds to Glory" is a western bull rider on a monster of a beast!
There is even a rodeo clown dodging the bull's hooves in the fury of the action.
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The "action" in this work is amazing!
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It only gets better in the lights!
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Team Australia captivated a lot of the visitors because they had one of their team members spending most of the afternoon and evening explaining the work all who asked.
Their creation represented an Emu egg. This is a very large bird somewhat like an ostrich.
Here is team member David Hickey in a YouTube interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7IerglHzTc
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Under the lights this work was almost psychedelic!
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The lights were changing from the inside as well as out!
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Team Estonia carved out this beautiful representation of an old Estonian fairy tale.
Dawn and Dusk are two lovers who can only meet two times is each year.
This is at solstice.
The sculpture shows that everything has two sides - dark and light.
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This is breathtaking in the colored lights!
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Team USA Alaska worked up a beauty of a sculpture in their interpretation of a Klingit (native Eskimo) "Raven Myth."
"Raven fell in love with Grey Eagle's daughter.
Raven was a handsome man.
He changed into a white bird, which pleased the daughter.
When Raven saw the Sun, Moon, stars and water hanging in Eagle's lodge, he stole them, and fire also.
Raven hung the Sun, Moon, and stars in the sky.
He kept flying, carrying the fresh water and fire.
He dropped the water.
It fell to the ground and became the source of all fresh water.
The smoke from the fire blew over his white feathers and made them black.
That is why Raven is now a black bird."

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Snow sculptures are often developed as scale models.
This is the model used by Team USA Alaska.
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Seen in the photo above is Cary Retlin, a member of Team USA Alaska.
Cary also spent most of Saturday afternoon and evening standing in front of the team's work explaining the process and the story.
Here is a YouTube interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jop9rvKxcFg
This sculpture was another night time knockout!
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Team Canada Yukon created my favorite sculpture.
They presented a larger-than-life Polar bear along with an Inuit (native Eskimo) legend.
"Grandfather and his grandson, starving from a poor hunt, decide to track a Polar bear.
On the encounter up against a glacier, the grandfather charges the bear with his knife.
He is swallowed whole!
The grandson attacks with his spear for what might be a hopeless effort.
The grandfather feels the heat of the bear's stomach and cuts the bear open from the inside with his knife.
He escapes from certain death, allowing him and his grandson to survive the encounter and eat for the winter."

The sculpture shows the grandfather escaping the bear's stomach with knife in hand and the grandson standing by with his spear.
(Note: the Wolf (full) moon is seen in the photo by coincidence.)
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In addition to being my favorite, this piece won "Kid's Choice" award!

This is the winner of the most awards in the competition.
Team Mongolia presented this dynamic sculpture full of motion and excitement.
These are "Mongolian Warriors" depicting 13th century horsemen charging up a slope with bows and arrows.
The near one is "letting fly" with his arrow and the other is reaching into his quiver for another arrow.
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Again - the lighting makes this an exciting spectacle!
This sculpture won First Place, Artist's Choice, and People's Choice awards!

I hope you enjoyed this show and that you may have a chance to get to Breckenridge for another championship.
Thanks for watching!

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Wow, Such a Marvelous Display and Presentation. Thanks for the 'look' this year, I've made it to Breck.. a few years but not this year..
Now I've 'almost been there this year, thanks to your presentation.

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I have to vote for the Yukon as most creative. A bear hunter discovering his pal inside the bear! :lol:

Amazing, amazing art! Maybe I can get there early this week before it melts too much.

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:hugegrin: thank you thank you for once again sharing these splendid works with us.

The captions and descriptions make me feel like I was there as well.

I too, like the bull rider! But they are all amazing.


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Thank you BGROX!!! You did one fantastic job!


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WOW! Amazing photos and descriptions! Thoroughly enjoyable!
Thank you!

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I got the html converted to bbCode so the photos are again visible.

Thanks for waiting for me to figure that out!

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Once again, we can travel vicariously through the BGRs!
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I just LOVE the Ice Sculptures & appreciate seeing them even when I can't get up there.
The night views are truly magnificent! So much more detail.
(So in addition to the sculpting talent, they have to have a lighting tech too!)

Thanks again BGRs, for bringing us so much beauty!

This lil' guy is my fav:

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(It's like he just heard the weather forecast!)

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