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.
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.)
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: