Ice, ice baby
If you've ever made a snowman, prepare for some serious snow-sculpting envy. These images are from this winter's 20th International Snow Sculpture Art Expo, which was held at the Sun Island Scenic Area in Harbin, China. Snow sculptors from around the world got together to create amazing snow sculptures, and the face above was part of the biggest ever made.
Romantic Feelings, as it was called, came in at 35 metres high and 200 metres long. If that doesn't give you an idea of how large it was, check out the black specks in the picture above. They're people.
The face was created by sculptors from France, and below is another great sculpture – what looks like an almost life-sized replica of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, by the Canadian team. Those Canadians certainly know how to make a great ice sculpture. Must be all those long winters digging themselves out of their driveways…
If this has given you the snow-sculpting bug but you can't get to China for next winter's show, there are loads of competitions around the world. Here are a few: Colorado; Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and Frankenmuth, Michigan; Carnaval du Quebec, Canada (below); Nuuk, Greenland; Livigno, Italy; Malselv, Norway; Sapporo, Japan; and Hokkaido, Japan. Take your pick. As it were. RM