Thursday, March 5, 2020

Icy Sculptures, In Progress And Finished

Back to Sparks Street. One day during Winterlude I found an ice carver at work with a chainsaw, starting work on a smaller ice sculpture.

One more look at the Louis Riel ice sculpture, which held up quite well throughout Winterlude.

This was one of the interactive installations set up along the street, large wheel structures you could sit inside, pump the handles to get the interior portion of the wheel moving, and images would on the inside and outside, not unlike a film. In this case Alice In Wonderland.

On the second weekend of the festival, pairs carvers from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico carved a series of larger sculptures. A Canadian pair carved Going Gorillas.

This is titled Heilung The Mother Nature, by carvers from Canada and Mexico. More from here tomorrow.


  1. ...a frozen version of chainsaw craving that I see every summer just southeast of you in the Adirondack Mountains.

  2. It must be fascinating to watch. The photos are fascinating as well.

  3. This man is very gifted to work with the ice ... For him, ice is like the clay!

  4. Hello, the ice sculptures are amazing. Well done! Wishing you a happy day!

  5. That is nice to see the artist at work, precious work to cope with, you can't effort a mistake...

  6. I've watched chainsaw carvers working with wood and that's amazing enough - but ice!

  7. At first I thought the carver was an animal. Glad you gave some context along with several pictures. That gorilla is truly magnificent, and I look forward to seeing more of that last group. Beautiful! :-)

  8. They have such skill and then their work disappears. I hope they take lots of pics.

  9. I love that last piece. What an ephemeral art.

  10. Always sad that ice sculptures don't last very long.Good thing we have some good photographers around.

  11. It's amazing they can get so much detail using what looks like a chain saw.

  12. I am fascinated with the dexterity of some people using a chainsaw.

  13. @Tom: I've seen some chainsaw carvers working with wood.

    @Maywyn: it is quite something to watch.

    @Ella: that's true.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Jan: I think so too.

    @Gattina: definitely.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Marianne: mistakes are costly.

    @John: it's quite delicate.

    @DJan: thank you.

    @RedPat: I know I do!

    @Jeanie: I love it too.

    @Red: that's true.

    @Sharon: indeed.

    @Marie: me too.

  14. Some of those were exquisite! Tweeted.

  15. I love the mother nature series! The gorillas are pretty awesome too!

  16. Credit goes to the ice sculptors for these beautiful sculptures.

  17. The gorilla actually looks kind of furry.

  18. Interesting to see them working on them. Always amazes me these ice sculptures.

  19. Great ices shots ~ the last ones seem so delicate ~

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    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbour)

  20. That guy kinda looks like a bear. 😳 Yikes!

    It is amazing how they can do this.

  21. @Revrunner: indeed.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Lea: thanks.

    @Happyone: indeed.

    @Tanya: I think so.

    @Jennifer: yes they are.

  22. @Joanne: definitely.

    @Nancy: I agree.

    @Kay: I can see that.

    @Denise: I agree.

    @Carol: thanks.

    @Klara: it is.

    @Sandi: yes indeed.