2013 International Snow Sculpture Championships

January 28 2013, 10:24 AM

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Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Singapore's "Love, Balance, and Community": The Merlion, a a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is the mascot of Singaore. Dolphins teach us how to communicate and live in tune with the patterns of nature. Together, they represent Singapore's desire to attain world peace. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Alaska's "Raven Myth": Team Alaska's concept is based on a myth that explains why ravens are black. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Breckenridge's "8 Seconds to Glory": Breckenridge's piece was inspired by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association ProRodeo event that took place in town for the first time in the summer of 2012. It represents the power of life as it throws us in different directions—all we can do is hold on and enjoy the ride. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Mongolia's "Mongolian Warriors": Team Mongolia, who won the gold (along with Artists' Choice and People's Choice) showed the power, grim courage, and cast-iron will of 13th-century Mongolian warriors. —Davina van Buren 

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Iceland's "Lopapeysa": Team Iceland chose a ball-shaped snow house for their sculpture. The windows represent a common pattern on traditional Icelandic sweaters, called a lopapeysa. —Davina van Buren 

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Great Britain/Wales' "The Seven Deadly Sins": Team Great Britain/Wales used caricatures of the seven deadly sins as their concept. Each "character" represents sins—envy reacts to greed; lust observes pride; sloth and wrath are affected by gluttony—and the pieces interact with each other in a circular arrangement. —Davina van Buren 

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Germany's "Shooting Star": Team Germany told me that they like to make sculptures that deal with physical laws. "Shooting Star" symbolizes the transformation that occurs when an object moves into another dimension. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team China's "Happy Winter": Team China's sculpture depicts a Chinese family enjoying the advent of winter. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Canada/Yukon's "An Inuit Moral Tale": Team Canada/Yukon's sculpture, which won the Kids Choice Award, told the tale of a young boy and his grandfather who battle a fierce polar bear.  —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Australia's "Emu Egg": Emus are Australia's largest birds and are very curious. They've been known to follow and watch humans and other animals. The emu egg is a symbol of the balance between beauty and strength found in nature. —Davina van Buren 

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Singapore's "Love, Balance, and Community": The Merlion, a a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, is the mascot of Singaore. Dolphins teach us how to communicate and live in tune with the patterns of nature. Together, they represent Singapore's desire to attain world peace. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Alaska's "Raven Myth": Team Alaska's concept is based on a myth that explains why ravens are black. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Breckenridge's "8 Seconds to Glory": Breckenridge's piece was inspired by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association ProRodeo event that took place in town for the first time in the summer of 2012. It represents the power of life as it throws us in different directions—all we can do is hold on and enjoy the ride. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Mongolia's "Mongolian Warriors": Team Mongolia, who won the gold (along with Artists' Choice and People's Choice) showed the power, grim courage, and cast-iron will of 13th-century Mongolian warriors. —Davina van Buren 

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Iceland's "Lopapeysa": Team Iceland chose a ball-shaped snow house for their sculpture. The windows represent a common pattern on traditional Icelandic sweaters, called a lopapeysa. —Davina van Buren 

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Great Britain/Wales' "The Seven Deadly Sins": Team Great Britain/Wales used caricatures of the seven deadly sins as their concept. Each "character" represents sins—envy reacts to greed; lust observes pride; sloth and wrath are affected by gluttony—and the pieces interact with each other in a circular arrangement. —Davina van Buren 

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Germany's "Shooting Star": Team Germany told me that they like to make sculptures that deal with physical laws. "Shooting Star" symbolizes the transformation that occurs when an object moves into another dimension. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team China's "Happy Winter": Team China's sculpture depicts a Chinese family enjoying the advent of winter. —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Canada/Yukon's "An Inuit Moral Tale": Team Canada/Yukon's sculpture, which won the Kids Choice Award, told the tale of a young boy and his grandfather who battle a fierce polar bear.  —Davina van Buren

Ice Sculptures Photos By Carl Scofield

Team Australia's "Emu Egg": Emus are Australia's largest birds and are very curious. They've been known to follow and watch humans and other animals. The emu egg is a symbol of the balance between beauty and strength found in nature. —Davina van Buren 

Breckenridge's annual International Snow Sculpture Championships lures more than 32,000 visitors to the High Country each year. This month, I ventured up to see the snow art in person—you should, too. Here's a sampling of what you'll see. —Davina van Buren

Photos By Carl Scofield