Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ice Sculpture at Ottawa's Winterlude



One of the best bits of the Winterlude festival in Ottawa is the international ice sculpture competition. I don't know what kind of subjects I'd expected to feature in the display, but I was taken aback (in a good way) by the towering alien lizard protecting her eggs! Along with such fantastical subjects, there were also a number of more familiar still-life tableaux, as well as some abstract pieces. It was really interesting to see the variety in the display, and I don't envy the judges who had to weigh each against the others.

Ottawa

Ottawa

Ottawa

The level of detail in some of the carvings is immense, and makes you wonder how many breakages they have to contend with. (Fortunately, as we observed while watching one sculpture being repaired, the advantage of ice is that you can stick it back together with water for glue.)

Ottawa

Ottawa

It's impressive. You wouldn't think you could be more impressed, by what is, after all, a collection of ice cubes.

And then the sun goes down, and the lights go on:

Ottawa Ice Sculpture

Ice Sculpture in Ottawa

Ottawa Ice Sculpture

Ottawa Ice Sculpture

Ottawa Ice Sculpture


8 comments:

Rachel said...

i'd be heartbroken at the idea of something I'd slaved over just melting away!

Kate Glutenfreealchemist said...

Stunningly clever! I am so impressed by people that can create something that amazing!

Karen Joanne said...

These are stunning, especially when lit up at night!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What amazing sculptures!

mypixieblog said...

Absolutely fantastic, beautiful pictures, Rachel. I would love to go visit (and can't imagine having the patience to chisel shapes out of ice, crazy!)

PS: Mentioned you over at my blog today :) hope all is well with you, love!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The ice sculptures are stunning!

christine said...

wow - stunningly beautiful - reminds me of the sand sculptures in Spain - only colder and wetter!:) xx

Deena Kakaya said...

Goodness they are absolutely mesmerising x

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