Watching Freezing Artists Sculpt Snow in Breckenridge, Colorado
Ready, set, go! You have 65 hours to use only hand-powered tools to sculpt a 12-foot square, 20-ton block of snow into an artistic masterpiece worthy of winning the International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge, Colorado. Your team can hail from any country to participate in this annual event on the Riverwalk in downtown Breckenridge, the last week of January. Or, like most of us, you can pass through the frozen art display as a mere spectator, charting each team’s progress hour by hour, as the delicate veins of leaves emerge on frosted trees; strands of hair frame a maiden’s face; complex geometrical designs take shape from a plain cube of snow; temples, castles and desert oases; horses, men, fish and dogs come to crystalline life. The sculptures remain on display through winter until they melt.