Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Karate Chop

This sculpture evokes the martial art of karate. You can see from the depleted translucency in this one what exposure to the sunlight does to the ice, whereas the larger sculptures I've been showing you are well preserved, as they are sheltered.


41 comments:

  1. This is very cool (no pun intended). :)

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  2. But the atmosphere that surrounds it is not for the ice to melt. Do not ?.

    Tomás.

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  3. I'm just trying to imagine what something like this weighs and therefore how it's moved around. Or is it?

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  4. The sun and warm temps definitely affect them. Our single block competition starts next Monday and the forecast is for high temps around the freezing mark for the weekend and into Monday. They are set up in the trees, but I think they will probably have to do most of their carving at night, but really not very good conditions for carving. Not the best time to have a heat wave!

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  5. I love the way this sculpture is affected by the weather. The crackle in the ice makes me think of what's happening to old paintings.

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  6. I wondered how these could survive with sun shining on them.

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  7. The sculptures are beautiful when they are crystal clear but they have an added character as they age as well.

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  8. Fun! Seems more of a novice level.

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. @Linda: that qualifies!

    @Peter: these ones end up looking quite different!

    @Tomas: as long as it stays below freezing, these are relatively okay.

    @Halcyon: it is!

    @Revrunner: it probably weighs more than one person would want to safely move. Two people could easily move it.

    @Elaine: I imagine the carvers would appreciate a few degrees cooler.

    @Jan: I hadn't thought of that!

    @Sharon: it does affect that clarity in a strong way.

    @EG: they certainly do.

    @Janis: this one seems that way; the one for tomorrow does not!

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  10. Would love a stroll to view these. I'dneed a warm beverage perhaps.

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  11. that's interesting I didn't realize what would happen (other than possible melting) if exposed to the sun,

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  12. Reminds me of a dog hiking his leg on a fire hydrant....

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  13. That's a cute sculpture. I hope the sun won't melt it too quickly!

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  14. @Tex: quite different from the big ones.

    @Birdman: fortunately hot chocolate is never far away.

    @Gill: when they didn't shelter the big ones, this opaqueness would happen to them, but they were also exposed to wind, which with really thin ice can shatter a section of a sculpture.

    @Norma: I hadn't thought of that!

    @MB: thanks!

    @Tamago: no, they stay in shape through the festival, but now that it's over, these are no doubt going to be broken up over the next couple of days.

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  15. I like it! I wonder if the sculptures get a little sad to see their hard work slowly disappear?

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  16. These ice carvers have such great imaginations! Seems like nothing's beyond them!

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  17. Damage of the sun, pleasure for the eye !

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  18. It looks like an Inukshuk that's stepping off stones...

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  19. I am almost relieved that this one is not better than the others, and it is quite good anyway!

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  20. Even if the ice is a bit candled it's still impressive.

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  21. Still amazing art work with ice ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  22. They still look rather complete so in the open air. Sun hasn´t affected so much,

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  23. @Denise: that thought crosses my mind.

    @Cheryl: imagination would be an understatement!

    @RedPat: it's quite different, for sure.

    @Jennifer: a lot of skill.

    @Lauren: thanks!

    @Anna: quite so.

    @Ciel: I've got another one in a couple of days or so that has something of the same feel.

    @VP: I think the fact that the carvers are confined to an hour limits what they can really do with these blocks.

    @Red: I thought so.

    @Marleen: it makes for a good contrast to the others.

    @Orvokki: thanks!

    @Country Gal: you're welcome.

    @Marianne: this year was very good for the sculptures. There was no warm up at all.

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  24. That's a startling difference despite the cold

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  25. Ice and sun are not the best of friends and I would imagine that the sculptors are well used to the temporary nature of their masterpieces, which does not diminish from the effort and talent involved in their creation.

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  26. so cool. can't wait to see what you show next. these folks are sure talented. i wonder how much time it take to do something like that? a good train saw or what?

    thanks for your comment today. it is always fun to see what other folks are watching & what movies they are enjoying!! if you know any i should see please let me know. thanks!! ( :

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  27. It doesn't have the vibe as the others.

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  28. @Geoff: indeed; they are under the same temperatures, after all.

    @Beatrice: they know it can't last, but it's lovely while it does.

    @Beth: in this case, they're confined to about an hour.

    @Mari: no, it is different.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Randy: they come in all sizes.

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  29. I agree with Mari...and it seems to be taking a beating in the sunshine, too.

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  30. Interesting subject. You certainly made the most of the festival.

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