Friday, February 1, 2013

NEWS: Mongolia wins International Snow Sculpture Championships

Originally posted on Huffington Post on Jan 29, 2013

Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships Awards Mongolia 1st Place

The 23rd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge (USA) is an eagerly-awaited event that brings the Colorado snow to life.

This year's first place winner of both the Artist's and People's Choice Awards was Team Mongolia, whose "Mongolian Warriors" sculpture depicted life-like 13th-century warriors and their horses striding out of a solid 20-ton block base of snow.

“Team Mongolia evoked the furious energy of galloping across the Mongolian steppe,” said Jenn Cram, judge coordinator and Breckenridge Arts District Administrator. “The piece is powerful with its deliberate attention to detail and the dynamic alignment of planes. We could see that sculpture done in bronze, in marble; it was truly a sculptural piece.”

Alongside 14 other teams, Mongolia worked a total of 65 hours across five days without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants.

Second place was awarded to Team Catalonia-Spain for their homage to Picasso, or "Banyista Nua" piece. Team Estonia won third place with their piece titled "Koit."

The sculptures this year were built from Jan. 22-26, with some artists staying up all night to complete their masterpieces.

Word List:
  • depicted: to show an image of somebody/something in a picture
  • striding: to walk with long steps in a particular direction
  • evoked: to bring a feeling, a memory or an image into your mind
  • furious: with great energy, speed or anger
  • galloping: when a horse or similar animal gallops, it moves very fast and each stride includes a stage when all four feet are off the ground together
  • deliberate: done slowly and carefully
Pronunciation MP3:
= depict
= stride
= evoke
= furious
= gallop
= deliberate