Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Frozen Sculptures

Picking up where I left off yesterday, a mastodon ice sculpture has been erected on behalf of the Canadian Museum of Nature, where later this year a special exhibit on the ice ages will be held. As the accompanying banner says, mastodons are not the same kind of animal as mammoths.

Interactive light sculptures are part of Winterlude this year at various spots, including here on Sparks Street. This is called Iceberg, and we'll see it again in a coming post. The sounds of an iceberg resonate within, and can change based on how many people are walking through.

Until recent months this was the main branch in the city for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. They've pulled up stakes for other quarters. For the moment, it's unused, but lit up with spotlights for Winterlude.

A carver was just finished working on these smaller sculptures.

And for today I finish up with this more abstract sculpture.


  1. ...those that are lit with colored lights pop! I hope that your temps stay cold enough so that they don't melt.

  2. We used to have a public light show like that in Cambridge, but I haven't heard anything about it for the last couple of years. Ice sculptures are, of course, out of the question in our relatively mild climate.

  3. When I visited the exhibition here in Gent, I thought these statues look as if made of diamonds ! It sparkles so nicely !

  4. I wish I could see these beautiful ice sculptures.

  5. The walk through iceberg is a great attraction,

  6. Love the mastodon. The nmuseum display should be great when in comes.

  7. Hello, I love the first mammoth, beautiful ice sculptures. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy week ahead!

  8. The Iceberg is fascinating. Not the kind I am familiar with for sure!

  9. Love that mastadon and the interactive iceberg is so all the lights!

  10. Great mastadon...and I surely wouldn't know the difference if one walked up to me with a mammoth as well. Glad you told us the last was non-objective, as I can't make out details with all the pretty facets, except maybe the next to the last is a bird.

  11. That's a huge ice sculpture to begin with, and a delicate one to finish with. Thank you for the tour. :-)

  12. Awesome sculpture and night shots!

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. The elephant is impressive but I really love that interactive light bridge! Beautiful.

  14. Ice carving is something that has rapidly changed with new tools, techniques and skills.

  15. That iceberg lighted sculpture was in Scottsdale a couple of years ago. I'm pretty sure I posted a photo of it. How interesting to see it again.

  16. @Tom: the mastodon has held up quite well.

    @John: the ice sculptures are a given here.

    @Gattina: they're lovely by day and night.

    @Iris: thank you!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Nancy: they're a delight.

    @David: I like it.

    @Anvilcloud: I'll catch it.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marie: the sounds, however, are quite iceberg.

    @Tanya: I do too.

    @Barbara: it certainly felt abstract to me.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: so do I.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Jeanie: thanks!

    @Red: that's true.

    @Sharon: that doesn't surprise me.

  17. I really like that iceberg walk through.

  18. Amazes me every year! Make the most of the ice, Ottawa!

  19. It will be a shame when those start to melt. Tweeted.

  20. Wintelude is a great compensation for having to endure the long cold dark days., I enjoyed both posts .,, those ice sculptures are fabulous ... it’s such a wonderful Zen thing to do, creating that beautiful but highly temporary art. (Except now that your great photos preserve them eternally!)

  21. WOW how fabulous those ice sculptures are.

  22. @Jan: so do I.

    @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Mari: ah, they don't last long enough to melt, they're broken down.

    @Sallie: thank you.

    @Gemel: they are!

  23. Fascinante
    As esculturas de gelo.
    Um sorriso de luz.
    Megy Maia

  24. The mastodon sculpture is the most impressive.

  25. The mastodon ice sculpture is truly amazing. They are all excellent but that green light is very effective.

  26. All the colored lights bring winter to life. I really like that Iceberg sculpture.

  27. Beautiful sculpting here William, hope they use the Canadian Imperial Bank building for something useful and not let it sit empty for years.

  28. @Maia: thank you.

    @Joanne: it is.

    @Denise: I think so too.

    @Kay: I like it too.

    @Grace: hopefully something really worthwhile. There's a former bank up the street that for years was a stamp store, and has been turned into an upscale restaurant some years ago.

  29. The light sculpture is wonderful, I love to walk through it:)

  30. Fabulous photographs.
    I like the iceberg walk-through.

    All the best Jan