Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Today I have snow sculptures from around the Glebe, taken on various days. These first two shots are different angles of the same sculpture, which I showed you as a work in progress with two carvers working on it in my first post of the series.

This one was down the street at Lansdowne Park, done for the Winter Olympics.

This is the one I mentioned in my first post, caught on another day as work was being done on it. A tribute to the late Canadian musician Gord Downie, the sculpture was being finished by the family of the late Brian Clemence, the longtime Ottawa sculptor who died of a heart attack one day while heading home from working on this.

Up the street was another snow sculpture. Snow was falling on this day, adding onto the finished work.

Here we have another look at the Gord Downie sculpture some days later. You can't see the sculptors, but two of them were here while I was photographing.

And here we have it fully finished. Flowers and other tributes had been placed by it for Mr. Clemence.


  1. Those flowers look so desperate laying in the snow, but the intention is what we must recognize and applaud.

  2. I like the opaqueness of the snow sculptures.


  3. They are all excellent William but how sad, it's true that we should make the most of each day, who knows what might happen tomorrow!

  4. @Nancy: they are indeed.

    @Lady Fi: quite so.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Lowell: it is an unusual spot for flowers, but understandable given the circumstances.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Janis: it's quite different from ice sculptures.

    @Marie: me too.

    @Grace: that's true.

  5. Excelent artists.
    Thanks for showing us their great work, William.

  6. It is interesting to see the snow carved like that.

  7. Some of these are quite whimsical.

  8. Completely different texture when snow is used.

  9. I can't make a choice, they all color winter in Ottawa in a nice way, I think.

  10. @Catarina: you're welcome!

    @RedPat: it is!

    @Sharon: snow sculpting tends to lean itself to whimsy!

    @Red: yes, it's much more forgiving of a glitch!

    @Jan: they do indeed.

  11. These are wonderful and so creative. And you have to have the right kind of snow for that -- damp enough to hold shape. I'm impressed.

  12. so cool!! i love those, are they called skis? or snow shoes maybe? my Grandparents had them ...but we never used them ... just decor. neat-O!!! ( ;

  13. Very nice snow sculptures, William !

  14. Cool! Not sure if I like ice or snow sculptures more. One fun thing we like to do with snow is throw food coloring on it lol, although our snowmen aren't nearly as well done as any of these.

  15. Some very creative people around you ~ wonderful snow sculptures and great shots!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. I'm so glad you took photos of Gord Downie's sculpture! That was lovely.

  17. @Christine: they were well done.

    @Jeanie: they held out pretty good, almost up to the end.

    @Beth: snowshoes. I've used them occasionally. It takes a bit of getting used to. The Olympian is holding a snowboard though.

    @Karl: they are indeed.

    @Jenn: both have their own appeals. I do see more of the ice sculptures during the festival.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Jennifer: thank you for pointing that one out to me. The moment I saw photos in the story about it, I knew where it was.

  18. The snow sculptures are quite impressive too. The people who worked on Gord Downie's sculpture did an awesome job.

  19. They did a great job in finishing the Gord Downie sculpture. The tribute is special as it could be for both.

  20. You certainly find a lot of interesting things to photograph!

  21. The level of artistry is amazing, W

  22. Very interesting snow sculptures.

  23. @Bill: yes they did.

    @Mari: quite true.

    @Lois: I agree.

    @MB: very much so.

    @Linda: I try to!

    @Cloudia: definitely!

    @Norma: indeed.

    @Klara: I agree.