Today I'm starting where I left off yesterday, with the trio of smaller sculptures, gathered together.
And then there is one of those ice benches.
The mastodon ice sculpture held up quite well throughout Winterlude, even being exposed to the elements. It was sculpted on behalf of the Museum of Nature, which will soon have a temporary exhibit on the ice age.
On the other hand, ice sculptures that were judged in competition didn't stand up as well this year. For whatever reason, the shelter structures that have been used for years were not used this year. Those shelters did a marvelous job in preserving ice sculptures from the elements- sunlight or wind can wreck havoc, and even a slight warm up can do damage to these delicate structures. When I came to photograph these just up the street, there were signs of fallen pieces. Fortunately on the second weekend of the festival more ice sculptures were made, and we'll get a look at them down the line. We'll see more of this tomorrow.