In Seven Days to Live last week, we mentioned that U.S. teams haven't done all that well recently in Breckenridge's annual International Snow Sculpture Championships.
Once again, in 2012 the foreigners outdid us. Team Canada-Quebec took first place, as announced yesterday, followed by Team Germany and Team Baltic (Latvia and Estonia).
From the press release, words on TCQ's success:
Team Canada-Quebec secured first prize in the 22nd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo. with “Great Expectations,” a complex and cohesive piece depicting the “ice houses” once used to preserve meat, poultry and fish on the Saint Anne River in central Quebec. Along with 15 other teams and artists from 11 other countries, Team Canada-Quebec worked across five days, for a total of 65 hours, to create an enormous work of art from a 20-ton block of snow.
Team Germany won second with “Dancing Screens,” an ambitious and superbly executed piece that rendered harmony within an imbalance of angles. Team Baltic (Latvia/Estonia) won third with “Discover the Edge of the World,” which used flowing lines to create 360-degree interest.
“Team Canada-Quebec created a sculpture that demonstrates all virtues of carving snow: clean execution, anatomically correct figures and animals, texture, balance and more,” said Jenn Cram, judge coordinator and Arts District administrator for the Town of Breckenridge.
Read more on the winners, and see photos of the other sculptures here. And if you want to see the things in real life, they're on display through Feb. 5 (weather permitting).