Yes, It’s SnoW & IcE


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.

Sapporo Snow & Ice Festival

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.

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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? snowstormani.gif
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? snowballani-uddy.gif

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16 Responses to “Yes, It’s SnoW & IcE”

  1. Layla says:

    Aww those pics are so beautiful! Thanks hun. And the snow and ice should be hitting the Beltway again. We are on a watch til tomorrow night for a huge snow storm. Ask me if I mind? LOL! I love the snow and ice!

  2. Maggie M. Thornton says:

    I love the Brussels Stock Exchange. My goodness! It’s huge. Also the Narnia – bet it was beautiful up close.

    Thanks for a nice Sunday afternoon break.

    Maggie
    Maggie’s Notebook

  3. michael says:

    Ya know, they could take all the time they want, if used Ice IX….

  4. Faultline USA says:

    Angel:

    Your TB finally arrived Monday morning. Who knows about the mysteries of Haloscan???

  5. Gayle says:

    Wow! All that work on something that’s going to melt! That always amazes me, Angel. Thanks for the pics! :) (Thanks for the trackback too!)

  6. KKarLLmMm says:

    Great pics Angel….All that ice and no Scotch??? make mine a double!!!

  7. patty says:

    Thanks that was nice.
    Blessings

  8. Always On Watch says:

    How beautiful!

    We’re expecting an ice storm here tomorrow. It won’t be as pretty as these sculptures, of course, but provided we don’t lose power, I love the artistic effects of nature’s ice storm.

  9. Debbie says:

    It’s amazing how artistic some people are these are just great. I also enjoy sand sculptures. Thanks for sharing.

  10. American Crusader says:

    14 known solid phases of water? I’m going to have to research this.
    Debbie…I also like the sand sculptures particularly since they are usually done in a warm climate near a beach.
    The hell with any of those 14 solid phases.

  11. Brooke says:

    Those are magnificent!!!

    Godzilla destroys Sapporo. Note that some of the detail has melted. Warmer than usual temperatures in recent years has become a problem.”

    Shhhh… Don’t tell Al Gore! ;)

  12. serendip says:

    Awesome pieces of art. Thank you.

  13. Right Truth says:

    Down on our knees…

    If you are like me, sometimes I look at current events in this world and I get discouraged. Look at the situation in Israel and the Palestinians, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Korea, China, Russia, Somalia, and…

  14. Angel says:

    Thanks y’all for the sweet comments! :)

  15. DL says:

    Can’t be snow and ice – isn’t this place near Kyoto?

  16. 123beta says:

    Open Trackback Weekend #41…

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