Japan Air Lines, Chip and Dale, and a
ski jumping Mickey Mouse.
The Sapporo Snow festival is magnificent, and an event not to be missed. It is one of the largest winter events in Japan and is an absolute gem.
During the festival literally hundreds of snow and ice sculptures are created in three areas of Sapporo.
Another movie inspired sculpture, this time based on the Wallace and Gromit feature “Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.
The massive and intricate Brussels Stock Exchange (EU exhibit) with its stage. Made during an official “Year of Exchange” with the EU..
Snow sculpture based on Hayao Miyazaki’s 2 hours animated film “Spirited Away” with main character Chihiro second from right.
“Oh my God” – a popular Japanese expression these days, and in this case a sculpture carved from compressed snow …
A sculpture depicting the Chronicles of Narnia..
Godzilla destroys Sapporo. Note that some of the detail has melted. Warmer than usual temperatures in recent years has become a problem.
Yes, friends..this is sculpture and .. ice is the raw material.
Obviously, the temperature of the environment affects how quickly the piece must be completed so as to avoid melting.
At times, the sculptor must work very quickly to finish his piece.
But if the carver uses power tools such as chainsaws , then some sculptures can be completed in as little as ten minutes, whereas others are the size of multiple-story buildings.
After all…what is ice?
Simply the name given to any one of the 14 known solid phases of water.
Most of us simply think of it as something not to slip on, something to skate or climb on, hail, or perhaps,..ice cubes for that tall drink.
It’s scarey too. There’s frostbite, the dreaded black ice on the highway…Icebergs. Think Titanic.
And yet at the same time, we are captivated by the beauty of it all…Icicles on rooftops, ice on branches, row of Icicles coating trees and leaves.
Art is always at home in Nature.
Ah, and you thought the little white stuff was just for snow ball fights eh?
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