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December 25, 2008

Christmas trees of ice

Ice_tree 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

(Article source: wikipedia. Photo by Leo Raynolds. Previously on grow-a-brain)

A Huge Depository of Unusual Ice Sculptures Links as well as Sand Sculptures Links here

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