Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pending Mermaids

I have two more shots of works in progress today. This shelter is over at the west side of Confederation Park, and these two sculptures have the same subject: mermaids. It's a popular theme with ice carvers; you can expect to see one each year. There's also a strong tendency for ice carvers to give them well endowed breasts, so you know where their minds are wandering. Here the work on both mermaids is well underway, but the tools of the trade are still close at hand. The finished sculptures will be posted here in coming days.



23 comments:

  1. These look pretty big and heavy. Are they moved or stay in place? I would think moving something like this would be dangerous... to the sculptures.

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  2. What an education in ice sculpture you have shared these past few days. Enjoyed it and salute these talented people!

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  3. Oh lol, and here's me thinking that all men like skinny women with virtually no breasts! :-)

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  4. Pending Mermaids... hmmm, that would be a great band name.

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  5. Tempting sights, one can only hope no one's trying the sticking-out-your-tongue trick! ;-)

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  6. Amazing works of art . I wonder if any of these artist have done carvings like this out of wood at least that way it would last longer . Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  7. Thanks for showing the carving in progress.

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  8. @Luis: they surely are.

    @Stuart: they're definitely kept in place.

    @Lauren: thank you!

    @Ciel: these carvers definitely go for curvaceous!

    @Tamera: yes, it would...

    @Le Regard: Merci!

    @Merisi: that would not go well!

    @Country Gal: it wouldn't surprise me if they had that background.

    @EG: you're welcome.

    @Norma: yes they are.

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  9. Mermaids, eh? I figured the Snow Queen or something would be popular. Something more in keeping with ice!

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  10. It really is amazing how they can get those long, slender arms without breaking the ice. Nicely done!

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  11. I'm going it shows you where there mind is located.

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  12. You must show us the finished product. All mermaids were well-endowed---weren't they?

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  13. @Inna: it really is hard work.

    @Cheryl: no, mermaids really do get consistently carved out of ice in these things!

    @Sharon: it takes great care.

    @Mari: oh, it certainly does show you.

    @MB: I've got both in finished form photos. And no doubt, they were. I remember someone in my high school who seemed to have a fixation on Ariel in that Little Mermaid movie...

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  14. I wonder if they can add bits of ice where they need it or if something breaks off?

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  15. well if they start well rounded they may stay a bit that way as they start to melt

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  16. I guess they want o make sure you understand this is a mermaid, even though there is no other kind. (a male equivalent might be a minotaur?)

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  17. Isn't it fun to see art being created? In Florida the equivalent would be sand sculpture.

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  18. Great title for your post! Ice carving amazes me, period. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by Portland Oregon Daily Photo so frequently!

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  19. That's so funny. Mermaids in Ottawa. We have mermaids in Florida - well, real human ones, but it's a lot warmer here. I think. :)

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