December 25, 2008
Christmas trees of ice
These Snow prints were made by simply pushing our faces into fresh powder on cars. They are all concave, but create an illusion of 3D sculptures
Ice car revealed
A Christmas tree carved from 30 tons of ice has been erected in Austria and officials hope it won’t melt away during a record run of mild weather at the start of winter. (Some other Creative Christmas Trees here)
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The annual Harbin Ice Festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution until it was resumed in 1985.
Officially, the festival starts from January 5th and it lasts one month. However often the exhibitions open earlier and last longer, weather permitting. Ice sculpture decoration ranges from the modern technology of lasers to traditional ice lanterns. There are ice lantern park touring activities held in many parks in the city. Winter activities in the festival include Yabuli alpine skiing, winter-swimming in Songhua River, and the ice-lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden. Snow carving and ice and snow recreations are world famous.
The Harbin festival is one of the world's four largest ice and snow festivals, along with Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival.
1/3/08 update: Icy city of lights, from MSNBC
March 04, 2008
They Call Him Old Man Winter
Snow flake video
They Call Him Old Man Winter, First Place at The 17th Annual Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, CO
The Legendary Hard Gay Gets His Own Snow Sculpture
R Todd King’s Harbin Ice and Snow World 2007
January 01, 2008
Ice carving secrets
An interesting newspiece about the ice hotel in Quebec
Dawson List’s blog about ice carving secrets
Sno-Ball maker - Now you don’t even have to do that
Annus mirabilis 2008! Hope you have more Mirabilis, less Annus
May 12, 2007
A Rollerblader made of ice grinds his way down a huge spiral staircase. At the bottom of the staircase, there is a trapdoor, leading to a gay bar, and Other Sweet-Ass Ice Sculptures I'm Going to Make With a Chain Saw One Day
Giant Lego Snow Sculpture
The Digital Ice House that Microsoft built in Toronto, to introduce Windows Vista
Re-post: The Crash
(Yea, I know... But it's only summer in the northern hemisphere...)
February 13, 2007
Hello Ice Kitty
More pictures from the 23rd Harbin international ice and snow festival in China
Rich DeMary mixes food coloring into gallon jugs of water and then pours them over icicles hanging off the rocks along U.S. 19 near Rivesville, W.Va. to create “Street Art”; Colored Icicles in West Virginia
Praying at the altar of Hello Kitty
The last days of ice
(Image above from Cuando calienta)
January 04, 2007
19th Century London wanted ice in far greater quantities than the British climate provided. Whilst ice was gathered from lakes, and indeed from the Regent's Canal, and was stored, the amount of ice available was small and its quality often poor. Ice started to be imported from the United States in the 1840's, with the Wenham Lake Ice Company as one of the most famous names in the business. Carlo Gatti brought his first consignment of ice from Norway to Britain in 1857, of 400 tons. (From Hanuman)
For the 3rd or 4th year in a row, Ice Sculptures in China at the Harbin festival
More: World's biggest Ice and Snow Park opens to public. (It says “Opnes”)
July 30, 2006
What Global Warming?
From the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri Snow Festival
The winning entry in this year's International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge
Breaking the ice (wmv file)
What happens to an ice sculpture after it's been seen?
December 20, 2005
Happy snow day
Jane's Mom sent these ice sculpture photos from China
You read about all those Ice hotels that open all over the place. Where do they get their “stuff” from, the bar equipment, glass holders, etc.?
From pyrotechnics to fiber optics frozen in ice, Ice Sculptures, Ltd
Brian Reichow’s photos
Re-post: The snow show. Top international artists and architects to collaborate in works of snow and ice in the winter of 2004
I am on vacation and am possibly writing on my new Moving to New Zealand blog. This item had been pre-posted for your enjoyment. Many more Unusual Ice Sculptures Links as well as Sand Sculptures Links are here
February 26, 2005
Harbin Ice World Festival 2005
Members of Japan's Ground Self Defense Force work on a large snow sculpture of the Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse riding a dragon ahead of the Sapporo Snow Festival. Winners of the 56th Snow Statue Contest
2 years ago, photographer R. Todd King portrayed the Snow Festival in Harbin, and created a web sensation. In 2005, he’s back in Heilongjiang province, with a series of gorgeous photographs of Harbin 2005. Here’s how they build them. Elsewhere, BBC's 21st International Snow Festival photos. More photos from 2004. Where do you go when it’s 11° F in Beijing?
Snow boat at The Dartmouth Winter Carnival
Winter carnival at Saranac Lake, NY
Ice conditions at the World’s Longest Skating Rink
The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships 2005
Juergen Specht’s ice sculptures from a Meiji shrine
Eskimold - Build your own igloo
Vodka luges and hand-carved ice sculptures by Martin King
August 14, 2004
Perfect Weather for Ice Work
Explore the 2004 St. Paul Ice Palace Festival
A large selection of Party Luge from the British firm “Ice Creations”
FrostiArt, a Finish ice & sand sculpting company specializing in international competitions. Visit their galleries.
President Niyazov of Turkmenistan has ordered the construction of a palace made of ice in the heart of his desert country, one of the hottest on earth. Good job, Niyazov
March 29, 2004
With the Southern California Weather we are having now -
Harbin China Ice & Snow Festival 2003 – definitely, the most amazing ice sculptures you’ve ever seen. (J-Walk & Larry, the Happy Cynic beat me to that one!). Here’s a Webshot album of Harbin and a BBC story about the festival
World's first drive-in cinema for ice scooters in Saami, Norway
Tim Linhart is The Mountain Freak
Snow butt (?) in Grindelwald, Switzerland
“Team Sandtastic” becomes Team Snowtastic in the winter (obviously)
Snow "jizo" line a street in Shinjo City, Yamagata Prefecture. "Jizo" memorialize and watch over aborted fetuses wandering in the netherworld, according to the Jodo sect of Buddhism
The Ten Thumbs guide to Snow Sculpting
February 28, 2004
Since our Sand Sculpture Collection proved to be so popular, here is a similar collection of eclectic links about Ice Sculpting. Where would you rather learn your carving skill, in West Palm Beach or in Fairbanks, AK? Either way, here you go…
Steve Berkshire's "Point of no Return".
2001 Snow Sculpture International Competition and 2003 schedule . World Ice Art Championships 2003 Single Block Classic March 5 - 7, 2003.
This Theodore Roosevelt Ice sculpture was created by Klaus Ebeling and was found on "Whirled White Web" , 2003 silver medalist at the international Snow Sculpture competition. (From the old "Grow-a-Brain")
See team captain Stan Wagon on his square-wheel bike.
Multi Block Classic , from "Ice Alaska".
"Polar bears" ice sculptures in Boston Common.
“Hirmes” Photos of Ice - (11/2/03).
Polar Bear from "Big Sky Dave" (1/25/04).
Visitors pass the Suwa Taisha shrine, made of ice, at the Crystal Festival in Chino, northwest of Tokyo February 16, 2004. This is Japan's largest fluorescent lighted ice sculpture event.
A luge is an ice sculpture that has been specifically crafted so that beverages can be run through or across it and served ice cold.
Ice Castle from Dawn Jacksons.