Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ice And Snow Sculptures

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for the first of March is Where I Belong.

These ice sculptures were standing outside of the Lord Elgin Hotel's main entrance, across from Confederation Park, while the bench was close by at the north side of the hotel.

This sculpture depicts a football player, Henry Burris, of the Ottawa RedBlacks (yes, it's still an abominably stupid name for a team). It was set up in the Glebe, carved by an artist, Jocelyn Galipeau, who also carved the second one, a short walk away. There was a warm spell in the first week of the festival, doing some damage to the second sculpture- the artist came back and carved a brand new head, leaving the original beside it.

Up the street was this snow sculpture- the two carvers involved also freshened it up after that same warm spell. This depicts a comedy character- Princess Marg, a creation by the comedian Mary Walsh, often used to ambush politicians.

Lastly, this ice sculpture of an inukshuk was standing outside the tourist information offices across from Parliament Hill. Centre Block can be seen in the reflection.


  1. The Bench is so beautiful.
    We are having a very strange February, no rain and high temps 82/48
    I want rain ! ! !

    cheers, parsnip

  2. They really are so well done, somehow Henry's head morphed a little in the changeover :) Unfortunately the video re Princess Marg doesn't show for me :)

  3. The animals look as if they are posing for a Disney movie!


  4. I really like the wolf/dog howling. They all are very impressive!

  5. @Parsnip: and we have snow.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Grace: I imagine it is a regional restriction. The link worked fine for me.

    @Janis: they do!

    @Bill: thanks!

  6. Redblacks? Wonder who thought that one up! You certainly have a plethora of sculpting talent in your neck of the woods! They are all beautiful in their own way.

  7. I have always loved the music of Howlin' Wolf, his sculpture isn't bad as well.

  8. Amazing artwork -- love it! I guess this would be the equivalent of our sand sculptures on the beach. : )

  9. When businesses participate in winterlude it adds to all the excitement. Where ever you go you can be reminded of the celebration.

  10. My favourite is the sculpture of the dog.

  11. I love the inukshuk. I wouldn't want to take a seat on that bench.

  12. @Hilary: I did too.

    @Lowell: the idiotic cabal of developers who stole Lansdowne Park and turned it into a monstrosity of ugliness apparently think the RedBlacks is a brilliant name.

    @Jan: dog or wolf, it's a good one. I've heard the sounds of wolf howls on occasion- it totally stays with you.

    @SRQ: it would be. I've got more snow sculptures to come.

    @Red: indeed! A lot of local businesses, hotels, and restaurants take part in this or sponsor things.

    @Nancy: thank you!

    @Sharon: some did!

  13. A bit cold to sit on that bench :)

  14. Not really like others you showed us...

  15. I do like the animal ice sculptures best.

  16. I love the sense of welcome the sculptures suggest when near building entrances. Wonderful that one artist returned to recreate his art and left both side by side.

  17. These are great! Love the one of Marg!! ;-))

  18. @Karl: oh yes!

    @VP: rather different. I have more snow sculptures to come.

    @MB: they stand out quite well, don't they? Where they're positioned, they don't get a lot of direct sunlight, so they stay in a more transparent look than one up at the Chateau Laurier (assuming they had one up there this year).

    @Gemma: they do have that welcoming feel. I do like seeing the contrast between the original snowman and the reconstructed parts, and with that one, it's quite obvious.

    @RedPat: I did have a link earlier... but it seems the video links won't work outside the country!

  19. RedBlacks? Not as controversial as Redskins, I suppose.

  20. Lovely sculptures, I love the dog (as so many before)

  21. @Denise: thank you.

    @Revrunner: no, but stupid as team names go!

    @Mari: dog or wolf, it's popular!

    @Orvokki: so it would seem!

    @Norma: I assumed it would be popular.

  22. Yes. I too like the furry critter which I take to be a wolf. This is a wonderful festival with so much ephemeral art.