This year marks the 24th year of the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Artists from all over the globe will sculpt jaw-dropping masterpieces from January 21 through January 25. After 65 hours of carving, molding and shaping, the top three sculptures will receive a gold, silver and bronze award. The public will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorites for the People’s choice and Kids’ choice awards, which will end at 2:00 p.m. on January 26.
The Snow Sculptures are located near the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue in Breckenridge in the Tiger Dredge parking lot. Admission is free to this event. Viewers are allowed to walk through the area all week long as the artists create their works of art, which will be on display until February 2, weather permitting.
Preparation for the sculptors’ arrival began last week, when local volunteers are invited to help “stomp the snow.” Colorado machine-made snow was placed in 12-foot-tall molds, where the volunteers had to climb down inside the mold and stomp the snow until it was firm and compact. Then, more snow was added and stomped. This cycle was repeated until a 12-foot, 20-ton block of snow was formed. A blank slate, if you will, for the artists to transform into spectacular works of art over a period of five days.
Sixteen teams were chosen to represent their countries this year. Submissions are selected based on past participation, sketches, experience and team resumes. Team USA Breckenridge’s sculpture, Winter Fun, will capture the idea of the winter playground that is available for people of all ages here in Breckenridge. What a great concept to pay tribute to our own wintery Never-Neverland!
For more information about the chosen teams, bios and submission sketches, visit the GoBreck, by clicking here.
Or click on each country below:
Catalonia-Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain-Wales, Italy, Lithuania, Mongolia (team 2), Mongolia Munkh-Erdene (team 1), Russia, USA-Colorado/Black Forest, USA-Colorado/Breckenridge, USA-Wisconsin and USA-Vermont.
No power tools are allowed to sculpt the snow, so the artists tend to get creative with the tools they use. Handsaws, hatchets, chisels, brooms, shovels and gardening tools are just a few items that are popular to use to shape and mold the most intricate designs.
“What takes an hour to do in wood, you can do in 30 seconds with snow… you can move as fast as you think.”
Last year's winners:
In 2013, Team Mongolia won took home the gold as well as the People’s Choice award with their “Mongolian Warriors” piece.
Taking home the silver medal, Team Catalonia-Spain paid homage to Picasso with their piece, “Banyista Nua.”
Team Estonia won third place with their “Dawn and Dusk” piece that told a story of two lovers that only are able to meet twice a year.
Each piece is designed with a story to tell and can be read as you walk through. However, Team Canada captivated their audience last year by telling the dramatic story behind their piece “An Inuit Moral Tale,” which ending up winning the Kids’ Choice award.
For detailed information visit http://www.gobreck.com/events/international-snow-sculpture-championships
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