Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shapes Within The Ice

Last Friday was the first day of Winterlude. One of the first things that happens in the festival is a one block ice carving challenge by some of the pairs and single carvers before they get to work on their main sculptures in Confederation Park. These sculptures are set around the fountain here in the park, and here we have the first half. I have more of these tomorrow.


  1. Wow! Beautiful! Applause to the carvers and to you for capturing these ice sculptures to share with us.

  2. It must be recognized that he who does this is an artist.


  3. Love how these ice sculptures seem to blend into the design of the fountain. So magical.

  4. Que talento destes artistas. As esculturas são deslumbrantes
    Um abraço

  5. Our temperatures were in the 70's yesterday. Had they been in Greensboro, these beautiful sculptures wouldn't have survived the weather. Some of them seem so thin and intricate this year.


  6. These artists are incredible. I used to draw...on paper. People screamed and ran away. What do you think that means? Now, the problem I see with these ice sculptures is that it is cold enough in Ottawa for them to last for days or longer. That's cold, man!

  7. so pretty. any clue how long they will last? are they on display for a few days or? gorgeous. ( :

  8. Beautifully done! All fantastic ice sculptures William, my favourite is the eagle with wings spread, incroyable!

  9. @Nancy: thanks!

    @Halcyon: they are.

    @Tomas: quite artistic.

    @Gemma: they really do.

    @Gracita: thank you.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marleen: they are!

    @Marianne: indeed!

    @Janis: it is plenty cold here.

    @Lowell: we love it.

    @Beth: they may be replaced.

    @Jan: they are!

  10. wow they are incredible aren't they?! being the dog person i am i have to choose the doggie sculpture :)

  11. Super impressive!!! A new level for sure!

  12. Great detail and action in these sculptures. It's good that you take these photos and share them with us.

  13. Lovely detail as Red said. Your sculptures.
    Did you see on the news that two
    Ref's got married on the Reel Canal in Ottawa .
    That is where they had met. I would say they are older couple in 50 age. First thing I thought was you in Ottawa.

  14. @Grace: it's a good one.

    @Tanya: another good one.

    @Sharon: they are!

    @Cloudia: they were good!

    @Red: I enjoy photographing these.

    @Carolann: I had not heard that, but it's not surprising.

  15. Wow, great sculptures! Each of them are very creative and detailed! They look beautiful especially with sun shining on them!

  16. I never get tired of looking at your photos of these ice sculptures. They are really something.

  17. I just can not wrap my mind around this. Unbelievable !

    cheers, parsnip

  18. It is views and sculptures like this that make me love winter so much more! Thanks so much for sharing, William.

  19. They are beautiful, very creative!

  20. @Tamago: I was lucky to have a sunny day. Of course, sunny days in winter are usually colder.

    @Lauren: from what I've seen thus far, it's been a tremendous year for Winterlude.

    @Parsnip: I never get tired of this festival.

    @RedPat: a tremendous amount of talent goes into this.

    @Linda: you're welcome.

    @Bill: they are!

  21. Even with today's snow squalls, it wasn't cold enough for ice.

  22. These are among my favorites. The first dragon was breath-taking!

  23. Those are amazing...although. I notice the sun is out. let's hope they don't melt!

  24. It looks like a gorgeous opener. What a nice group of sculptures.

  25. I remember you showed us the festival last year. Pretty amazing!

  26. @Revrunner: today here is a cold one!

    @Mari: dragons are common themes with ice carving.

    @Janey: these small ones in the past have often been replaced each weekend.

    @Kay: they certainly are.

    @Linda: and I've been taking a lot of shots of this year thus far.

    @Whisk: so do I.

    @Jennifer: indeed!

    @Norma: it is a good one.