Monday, January 6, 2014

Ice Sculptures

Ice Sculptures Galore

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Lights and sculptures from the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China.

I love the Harbin Ice Show. It's just such a curious thing that serves absolutely no purpose, must take thousands and thousands of  man-hours to put together, and is gloriously decadent. In the heart of China!

The best thing is the themes behind the ice sculptures. In American, we'd inevitably see the Lincolns, Washingtons, Kings, the usual. I wouldn't recognize any of the faces they carved if you showed me actual person! Even the animals are carved in a distinctive Chinese way. Just a nice way to realize how parochial we all are and tied to our own mythologies. Wish I could go there some day - who knows?

The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival originated from local Harbiner traditional ice lantern show garden party in winter since 1963. It was halted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution, but has resumed and declared an annual event at Zhaolin Park on January 5, 1985.

The sculptures are up now. Summer will come, it always does, but it's fun to enjoy this explosion of art and light!

After you view these, you might be in the mood to compare them to a few from 2012-2013 here.


Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com
An Olympic-sized pool made of ice

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com
Yes, that entire swimming pool is made out of snow and ice

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com
A man viewing the sculptures while using his cellphone

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com
Whos is this? I have no idea, but I love it

Harbin China ice sculptures 2013 randommusings.filminspector.com
A Chinese T-Rex dinosaur!








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