Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Works In Progress

I left off with this sculpture in progress yesterday.

Here we have another in progress. The lighting changed gradually, typical of the lighting when these are finished too. Incidentally, I've already been adding extra takes to upcoming theme day posts for City Daily Photo, as this whole year features theme days based on colour, if you haven't had a chance to look at the list. And the theme day for March happens to be Green, so that's a reminder for my fellow CDP members.

A look at some of the tools on a work table. Yes, that is an iron.

This is the work of two sculptors, one a Canadian and the other an Iraqi.

And this one is done by a pair of Canadians, still at work when I photographed them.

The tool you see here is what they use to pick up individual blocks. 

Another sculpture, and it turned out to be a personal favourite in its finished form. When I took this shot, the two Russian carvers were doing some final touches, as you can see with one of them here.

Today I leave off with this. The Ice Hogs are the Winterlude mascots- an oversized groundhog mascot. There are four of them in all, and they are taken from site to site, posing for photos with people throughout the festival.


  1. So pretty, they look like frosted glass.

  2. There are some amazingly talented people in the world.

  3. Mais umas belas peças esculpidas em gelo, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  4. Very nice! They get ready for Valentines day? :)

  5. Wonderful serie, the cold action in nr. 5 is my favourite.

  6. It is fun seeing the artists at work.


  7. The technique and delicate precision needed to do that fine work is amazing.

  8. Love to see these beautiful works of art in progress. Thank you! :-)

  9. @Tom: very cold!

    @Joan: they do!

    @John: definitely.

    @Italiafinlandia: I agree.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Ella: I haven't seen any Valentine's related ones this year.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Janis: it is.

    @Anvilcloud: to me too.

    @Marie: I certainly agree.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

  10. Amazing sculptures again William.

  11. The artist sees something in his mind and then has to get it out of the ice. That's always an amazing process for me to think about.

  12. I love that photo of the one sculptor who is literally covered in ice. Amazing.

  13. @Nancy: it certainly is.

    @Sami: that they are.

    @RedPat: I agree!

    @Red: that's true.

    @Sharon: working with these machines- I'm not sure what that one is, some sort of polisher?- tends to wind up in these little bits of ice ending up on one's jacket like that. I've seen it with various power tools.

  14. Hello, the ice sculptures are beautiful. The sculptors are talented. Wishing you a happy day!

  15. laughing at the iron ... seems kind of odd around ice? i am curious what they do when they use it? creative minds. what fuN!! ( ;

  16. I would enjoy watching them work. So much talent!

  17. The artists are so talented and of course, cool. :)

  18. Those ice sculptures are so pretty! And the giant ice hog is adorable :-)

  19. The ice craft is just brilliant.

    All the best Jan

  20. @Eileen: thanks!

    @Beth: I expect it's useful when they want a specific pattern on a portion of the ice.

    @Lois: definitely!

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Tamago: I've got another Ice Hog shot tomorrow.

    @Jan: it really is.

    @Fun60: that they are.

    @Maywyn: thank you!

  21. Truly, truly beautiful. Like in a fairy tale!

  22. Wonderful to see work from artists from many places. I like the mascot too:)

  23. Awesome creations and wonderful photos!

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

  24. I love the idea of partnership -- Canadian and Iraqi and any others. That's wonderful.

  25. So good to see sculptors from aound the world working together like this William, artists are the best!
    P.s. thanks for the tip about green being March theme colour, must keep my eyes open and be prepared for once 😊

  26. @Mari: thank you.

    @Iris: quite so.

    @Kay: they are!

    @Rosie: thanks!

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Jeanie: it is.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Norma: definitely.

    @Klara: indeed.