Sculptors saw and chisel imaginative designs at the ice sculpting competition.Here frosty castles spiral into the sunlight as the artisans create magical images from blocks of ice that were pulled from a nearby river.There is also a dragon, rhinoceros and even a Hindu god.Teams of sculptors come from 16 countries including Russia, Canada, Spain, Britain and of course, China.
The name of our piece is Female Warrior. It represents a female leading role in China’s Beijing Opera.I would like to use this piece to represent Chinese traditional culture.This Mexican competitor created an ancient Mayan calendar.The composition is a pyramid and calendar, a Mayan calendar with 52 spikes of ice and because 52 is the cycle number of years for the Mexican ancient calendar.Carlos Miguel uses an iron to make pillars of ice and shape them into pyramids.A technique he learned from other competitors.
In weather like this, it’s pretty difficult because we came from a tropical place so we don’t have even the tools or their ice to practice, so each year is like practice in time for us coming to this competition.We learn and we practice at the same time.
The Spanish sculptor is working on a 2-meter high block of ice.I’m blacksmith but also I can make this tool and try and for me that’s really important.The craftsmanship of all of the pieces are amazing. There’s so many talented artists here.The Harvest Ice and Snow Festival features some of the biggest ice sculptures in the world.They will be on display through February 5th when the festival ends.
Deborah Block, VOA News.