Friday, February 28, 2014

Red, Blue, And Perfection In Ice Carvings

I am finishing with the ice sculptures by night portion of Winterlude. There will still be more of the festivities to come though. To address a question from yesterday, these ice sculptures are broken up after the festivities. Left to melt by themselves, there would be a liability issue if anyone happened to get hurt by trying to climb up onto these things. So their only lasting record is in photography.







28 comments:

  1. It must be a little sad for the artist to see their creations disappear but I hope their reward is seeing the look of wonder on each person's face when they see them for the first time.

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  2. At least you have the lovely photographs as memories, William, and I really appreciate you sharing them here!

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  3. I've enjoyed seeing all these sculptures - really I had no idea there would be so may!

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  4. I think it's sad that we live in a world in which we do things for fear of liability issues... Here the parks, including the palace, all close when there's 1 cm of snow lest someone should fall. So the kids have nowhere to play in the snow...

    Just like yesterday, I think the blue/turquoise makes the sculptures pop out more!

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  5. I wouldn't want to be charged with having to destroy these beauties. I wonder if the artists watch. I would think it would be too disheartening.

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  6. Very nice! Interesting to see the different approach on the lighting. Because your sculptures are under the roof they can be lit from above. Here the light is set up on the ground, and because they're outside if it snows it gives a different effect too. The sculptures here are pretty much left to melt on their own after the Ice Park closes at the end of March, but the area is all fenced in so not a problem with people climbing on them or getting hit with the falling ice, which could definitely be an issue on the large multi block sculptures.

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  7. What a shame they are broken up but I do understand the reason.

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  8. Thank heavens for the camera hey William, would be a tragedy if there were no permanent images of these transient beauties :)

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  9. While these works of art are short-lived, their creators are unboutedly thinking about the next year and what new wonder they will create.

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  10. wow they are as beautiful in the dark as in the daylight,

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  11. Wonderful coloured sculptures again. It was great to see them here at your blog. Thanks for sharing this beauty, William.

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  12. Denise: I would think that would be the case.

    Linda: thank you!

    Hamilton: and I have yet to show the Quebec side of the festivities.

    Ciel: there are too many lawyers in the world.

    Stuart: I doubt the artists are anywhere near when this happens.

    Elaine: since this is a major public park in the heart of the city closing it off is not practical.

    EG: I thought of photographing the blocks, but....

    Grace: it would!

    Beatrice: I expect so.

    Gill: they are indeed!

    Jan: you're welcome.

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  13. Each group of sculptures is more beautiful than the previous one!

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  14. Love all the colors and the fantastic lighting. Makes them pop!

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  15. they are all just so amazing...i've really enjoyed winterlude!

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  16. I am truly amazed especially by that third one.

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  17. Amazing works of art ! Nice shots . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  18. how they manage to get such fine detail is flat-out amazing to me.

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  19. @Norma: thanks!

    @Lowell: they certainly do that.

    @Tanya: it's been a pleasure presenting it.

    @Sharon: that one's so delicate.

    @Country Gal: you're welcome!

    @TexWisGirl: the craftmanship of their work is so intricate, and they use so many different tools to get there.

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  20. I am so amazed. Thanks for sharing. MB

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  21. I always assumed that they just let them melt but I guess the lawyers would be there if anyone got hurt.

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  22. beautiful photos of this ice sculpture! truly amazing artist.
    Thanks for the visit.

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  23. It's sad in a way but in another way, it's rather wonderful. All that work, just for the moment. Must give the artists a huge rush!

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  24. Amazing. Just like Meradeth said above. Words fail me.

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  25. They all look fetching in pink and blue (love that last one)!

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