Sunday, February 20, 2022

Large And Small

 More from where I left off yesterday with this look back at Winterlude 2014. This large standalone sculpture was in Confederation Park.

Nearby, a team of sculptors were working on a large project. It was one marking the centennial of the beginning of World War One.

Typically at these festivals you'd find a fireplace or two, with Muskoka chairs gathered around it.

This being an unusual version.

Hotels would be official sponsors, and some would have ice sculptures at their entrances. This pair were at the Chateau Laurier.

And this pair at the Lord Elgin Hotel. Note the clarity in these compared to above. This spot has an eastern exposure, and so doesn't see too much sun during the day. The spot above has a southern exposure and so gets more sunlight. It has an effect on the ice.

Across the street and back into Confederation Park.

Here we have the finished sculpture the group were working on. It was very much a farewell theme, with husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers heading off to war. Tomorrow I'll show you what it looked like all lit up.


  1. What you call Muskoka chairs are popular in Finland too. ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. Fascinating sculptures. Ottawa is featuring high up in our news reports with the police removing the protesters. Hope you get your city back to normal soon.

  3. Too bad that people involved in the recent occupation weren't turned into ice.

  4. ...the ski chair is a common sight in the Adirondacks.

  5. @Italiafinlandia: no doubt!

    @fun60: I hope so.

    @Jan: that they were.

    @Sandi: me too.

    @David: I agree.

    @Tom: of course!

  6. Pretty sculptures. I like the firepit with the chairs around, time for some hot chocolate.
    Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

  7. The amount of detailing that is done is exceptional!

  8. It is nice to see shots of that area looking like it should be.
    Hope you are okay.

  9. Fascinating post with the ice sculptures ~

    Wishing you a happy day ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. I like that unusual version of the chair. It has a regal look to it.

  11. This is a wonderful post, William. I love seeing the behind-the-scenes of the sculptures and would like to join others in those chairs!

  12. The ice sculptures are stunning.

  13. I hope you get the city back after this weekend, William.

  14. What a cool thing to do in the winter!

  15. @Eileen: thank you.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @RedPat: it will be again.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Sharon: it does.

    @Jeanie: thanks.

    @Bill: very much so.

    @Marie: I hope so too.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Cloudia: I agree.

  16. Here we call them Adirondock chairs. They are hard to get out of!

  17. They are so clever, I'm quite clumsy so I'd end up breaking something.

  18. Such talented creations, both the ice carvings and the chairs.

  19. It is always interesting to watch how they they do ice art.