Saturday, February 17, 2018

Olympic Spirit

Traditionally in this particular part of Confederation Park, the largest of the ice sculptures is placed. Such is the case this year, and you've seen it in my first post. This being an Olympics year, the sculpture incorporates the two South Korean mascots, Soohorang and Bandabi, into the ice. 

Here is another one of the smaller sculptures, with the bear's lap providing a seat for anyone who wants to pose. These are particularly well lit at night, which I'll show you down the line.

This is an art installation- lost mittens, encased in ice. These blocks were just being placed as I went through.

This has been set up for photo ops here as well. With the Olympics on, people can pose on a medal platform. Nearby, the South Korean embassy has put up a display on the Olympics, with the mascots around regularly. The CBC has television screens in here as well with the Games being broadcast.

The European Union commissioned this set of sculptures marking our relationship and the fight against climate change.


  1. ...they keep getting bigger and better.

  2. Those bears are cute as, well, big bears!

  3. My favourite is the first one! The lost mittens is a wonderful idea!

  4. I bet a lot of posing goes on here William ☺ love the bunny and butterfly from last post.

  5. The mitts in ice are priceless. Brilliant!

  6. I like the lost mittens in ice. Nice idea.

  7. You must have been there before the crowds, William!

  8. @Tom: they certainly have been impressive this year.

    @Lowell: true!

    @Nancy: I certainly thought it was a good idea.

    @Marianne: it is indeed.

    @Grace: there'a always a good deal of posing.

    @Marie: definitely!

    @Marleen: it is!

    @RedPat: it depends what time of day you go, and what day.

  9. Every year I see changes in ice sculpture. this year I see them using just the ice block in the sculpture...different sizes if ice blocks.

  10. What a clever way to involve the people, building the "Olympic podium!" And I like how the EU and Olympics and such are incorporated. Lots of work there!

  11. Wow, all kinds of things going on, I like the Olympic tie in.

  12. i feel for those lost mittens ... they need to be found. i bet they miss their partner. cute bears. ( ;

  13. Well done to include the Winter Olympics in these sculptures but my favourite is the lost mittens!

  14. The first one is beautiful, but the installation with the lost mittens is the most original, I think.

  15. @Red: there is a lot of variety.

    @Jeanie: the podium has been quite popular for photos!

    @Jenn: it seemed appropriate for this year, with the Games at the same time.

    @Beth: I wonder what happens to them when it's all said and done.

    @Mari: you're welcome.

    @Christine: I'll have more of them to come.

    @Jan: it was well done.

  16. It's nice to see the Olympics represented in the event.

  17. I love the bear chair! It’s a nice photo spot! And list mittens ice block are fun to see :-)

  18. Lost mittens... clever! And the bears are fun to see.

  19. As wonderful as the artistry is I have to admit I'm taken by the whimsy of the mittens and gloves. And, as always, I'm dismayed at the U.S. absence in climate change.

  20. It's too bad some have a seam.
    I suppose they are melted now! BUT YOU HAVE PHOTOS!!!!!

  21. @Bill: it is!

    @Tamago: thanks!

    @Linda: clever indeed.

    @Kay: unfortunately true.

    @Norma: it's a good one.

    @Jennifer: the seams, in this case, are the spots where one block of ice meets another in the original pile of them.

    @Klara: they do!