Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sculptures And Snow Sliding

Jacques Cartier Park is always busy through Winterlude. It's a mix of snow sculptures, snow slides, and other activities for kids. The sculptures tend to be quite big, larger than the ones I showed you a few days ago on the Ottawa side of the river.


Winter sports is often a theme for these sculptures, such as this skating pair.


The carvers use some of the same tools as in ice sculpture work.


Below, we have the other side of the sculpture above, a completely different design.


Throughout the park, several enormous slides are erected out of mountains of snow, with paths to the top, and slides created with ice water. Kids love these things, and the lineups can be long.







34 comments:

  1. Wow, you really get a lot of snow! The slides look like great fun.

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  2. I love the details in these! The slide looks like such fun.

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  3. Being a bit of a kid, I would love this too, though definitely not the queuing up bit! Snow carvings look really nice too, more like 'normal' statues, love the heart and balloons!

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  4. I really like the snow sculptures. Almost as awesome as the ice ones. Well almost!! The whole park looks like fun. A merry winter wonderland. MB

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  5. I'm amazed that snow could hold so much detail. They are very cool... if you'll pardon the expression.

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  6. Ice sculpture, snow sculpture, slides, all sorts of amazing winter activities for me. You can't find any of this in France as far as I know.

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  7. The snow sculptures are great! What is it about kids and slides? Well, a lot of grownups like the big slides too.

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  8. Makes me wish we had snowy Winters.

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  9. Love both sculptures and slides! :-)

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  10. These kind of remind me of the MLK statue here in D.C.

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  11. Linda: it is!

    Linda: the detail work is breathtaking.

    Ciel: the lineups are a drawback.

    MB: the playground is very busy on weekends.

    Stuart: it just requires cool temps.

    Nathalie: kids really do go for the slides in big ways.

    Elaine: I have been on them before, and they are a lot of fun

    Debs: you'll just have to enjoy by proxy.

    Merisi: thank you!

    Revrunner: I can see that, yes.

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  12. ohhh i wanna go on the slide! how fun!

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  13. I like the snow sculptures her, especially the one with the skaters.

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  14. So much snow always amazes me. We only have sand sculptures, for obvious reasons! :-)))

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  15. the two-sided snow sculptures are a great idea! and that slide looks like so much fun (if only I were a bit younger and more flexible and faster healing...)

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  16. Of course there had to be a hockey sculpture!

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  17. a lot of work in those snow sculptures, for sure! and great precision!

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  18. Love the ice skaters William.. Think that you might find me in that queue for the slides :)

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  19. I honestly can't believe how clever some people are. Those sculptures are fantastic. Top that? Ottawa has!! What an amazing slide.

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  20. @Luis: thank you.

    @Tanya: it's a popular spot through the festival.

    @EG: the carvers did very well with that one.

    @Jose: hard to imagine snow like this in your part of the world.

    @VioletSky: I'm sure others might think the same thing!

    @Norma: well, this is hockey country, after all.

    @Tex: yes, it takes them awhile to get it done.

    @Sharon: he looks ready for what's coming.

    @Grace: I'd be in there too!

    @Lauren: thank you!

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  21. I am really impressed with all these snow and ice artists! Thanks for taking us on this tour.

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  22. Almost makes me want to live in snow country!

    Almost.

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  23. Thanks for posting, but it just make me glad I'm not there. I've seen sand sculptures that are just as good and they can be viewed where it is warm.

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  24. Another wonderful post of these amazing sculptures. They are very talented artists. I wonder if they make more permanent sculptures do you know? Your photos are wonderful and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.

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  25. I like that third statue with the balloons and I might just try the slide...

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  26. Hi William, you have soooo many fantastic snow and ice sculptures, I might be a little jealous :)
    Thanks for sharing these.

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  27. Nice to see those wonderful snow sculptures and the snow gliding, while it's full spring overhere, William.

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  28. The ice slides look pretty amazing and wondering if you have tried them yourself perhaps in you fer days?

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  29. @Halcyon: you're welcome!

    @Cheryl: Almost, huh?

    @Mari: I still prefer the cold!

    @Denise: it wouldn't surprise me if carvers work with other materials.

    @Bibi: the slide's a whole lot of fun!

    @Karl: you're welcome!

    @Jan: we're expecting another month still of cold.

    @RedPat: if you make it up here sometime for Winterlude, you should!

    @Beatrice: oh, I've slid down those slopes before, but not this year. Didn't have the time to be in line.

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  30. I had to laugh at Mari's comment. I just heard on the radio that we've had an unprecedented 50 cold weather alerts this year.
    That poor goalie looks a bit crushed in his net!

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  31. William, you have a wealth of marvelous ice and snow sculptures up there. So long as you are going to have the cold weather, might as well enjoy it, right?

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