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Snow Show: The Art and Industry of Ice Sculpting

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There is not a lot of thought given to ice. Most people want it in their drinks, and want to avoid it on the highways. Dig a little deeper, and ice is necessary for sports like hockey, and in the form of sheets for curling, and lanes for speed skating. Many athletic competitions rely on good quality ice. It’s a resource for housing in certain parts of the world, and a major factor in global management of weather and natural resources. Ice determines transport for natural resources in the far north and lastly, ice is used for entertainment. As a medium, ice demands ingenuity, strength, creativity, and absolutely perfect technique. Snow show events include contests such as ice sculpting to test the skills and fortitude of sculptors across the world.

When hearing the word sculptor, the names that come to mind are Michelangelo, Donatello, Rodin, and others. Not to be confused with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, these artists of old are synonymous with originality and quality. Their techniques and perspectives influenced the world of art and generated the styles and objects d’art that are still revered in the modern age. Michelangelo’s sculptures represent 80% of the top ten most well-known sculptures of the modern age. Their mediums were often bronze or marble, never ice, but the concepts have been passed down, and are used as a jumping off point for original artists to expand their repertoires. It is not unusual for sculptors at snow show events borrow inspiration from Michelangelo’s David, or The Thinker by Rodin.

Snow show sculptors also borrow inspiration from architectural geniuses throughout the ages. Icons such as the Eiffel Tower make frequent appearances, along with the Pyramids of Giza, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Frank Lloyd Wright called architecture "the mother art," explaining: "Without architecture of our own, we have no soul of our own civilization." Civilization is relative. It is important not to forget the cultures that pioneered working with ice. Lacking most other materials with which to build, the Inuit people perfected the art of stacking and cutting blocks to construct homes in an otherwise inhospitable wilderness. Their innovation was critical to survival, and beautiful as its own art form. Today’s ice sculptors use sophisticated tools and specially created ice. It is possible to color it, shave it, dry it, and otherwise manipulate the surfaces for the best possible outcomes. Ice can be clear or cloudy. Nothing is impossible. Entire kingdoms can be sculpted in ice; fairy tales are retold, and children play happily among re-created heroes and heroines that come to life in a rainbow snow show.

They say that form follows function. Ice was originally used as housing for civilizations that didn’t have anything to build with. Using ice as a way to build tools and furniture that did not already exist also spawned its own industries. Ice sculpting evolved into an art form that is practiced internationally. Accolades are sought after in almost every snow show around the world. People pay exorbitant amounts of money to sleep in ice hotels. Renowned sculptor’s techniques are re-used and refined, promoting the creation of new tools, expanding industries, and energizing local economies. In a very real sense, art pushes the world forward.

Our frozen ice kingdom is an amazing spectacle that draws in millions of viewers from around the world.  Intricately carved ice fused with LED technology and the artistry of color create wonderland that defies description.  You have to see it to believe it.  This is one snow show (   ) that needs to be on your bucket list, so don’t delay.  A warm parka awaits you but you will be warmed from the inside out with delight when you view this amazing display. To know about the art of snow sculpting, you may visit Wikipedia

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