Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SNOW ART

The Rockford Park District has an uncanny ability to know when the January thaw will occur and select that exact time to host the annual snow sculpture event. This year sculptors worked in temperatures approaching 40-degrees F. On the day of the judging, it rained. I felt so sorry for all those who had worked so hard to create art that lasted only hours.Add Image

So here they are, the crisp details already dripping off:




Where the Wild Things Char


Vagan til Valhalla II


Save our Home


Refuge in the Shadow of His Wings

Mr Toad's Not So Wild Ride

Mommoth Masticator


How Many Buffalo Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb


Happy Together

Fish Out of Water


Who Are You


Happy Together was a crowd favorite and mine too.

41 comments:

Rosey Pollen said...

The sculpture where the wild things are is a good one, but the best is the masticator! Good pics,Marnie!
Rosey

tina said...

How heartbreaking to see it all melt away so soon after making it. I think they are SO creative. I am amazed at folks who can see and build these things. I don't think I ever could.

nancybond said...

Such artistry -- it is a shame it's so fleeting. (Love your header photo...it would make a beautiful Christmas card!)

Stone Art said...

OMG those snow sculptures are awesom.
Nice photos on your blog to:)

troutbirder said...

Wow! Those are really amazing Marnie. Bummer about the rain though.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Simply stunning. What amazing details to the sculptures. I like the snail and toad stool one. The turtles are wonderful too.

Nan and =^..^= said...

Those ice sculptures are so inspiring! I also love the photo in your Title Header....

Darla said...

Get out of here! Who does this? How very talented these people are.

ShySongbird said...

How very creative! And what cold hands the artists must have had afterwards ;)

I love them all but my favourites (and I know not why) were the Mammoth Masticator and Happy Together.

Cheryl said...

How creative....such a fun thing to do....

I love them all......but my favourite is the toadstool and snail.....

BTW lovely photographs.....

Moonstone Gardens said...

Stunning artwork. Sad about the rain, but ephemeral art is always the most precious.
Cindee

Rose said...

Amazing snow sculptures--so detailed! I have trouble building an ordinary snowman:) Too bad the weather didn't cooperate, but that's typical of Illinois, isn't it?

missbreezysbox said...

Thank you for sharing such great artwork. I love "Where the wild things are". I read the book, but haven't seen the movie. Have a great day.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Despite the inclement weather for carving they turned out so good. I am always amazed at what these sculptors can do.

Nezzy said...

Absolutely amazing! I just wanted thank you for droppin' over with your sweet comment.

You have a marvelous day an in the words of old Granny Clampett, "ya'll come back now, ya hear!!!"

Gail said...

I can't tell that they are melting~they look wonderful! The talent the sculptors have is amazing! gail

sweet bay said...

Took bad about the relatively warm temps but those sculptures are amazing! I love the turtles and the mammoth masticator.

BeadedTail said...

Those are incredible! It's too bad the weather didn't cooperate so they could have lasted longer! I hope those people sculpt with more permanent materials cause they are very talented.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I read your last sentence and that was exactly what I was going to say! The buffalo/lightbulb was rather silly! I've been a terrible blog commenter and visitor...just know I still enjoy your birds and blog...I've slowed down my pace a lot! I did just put up a post about a sustainable living blog project and giveaway...I hope you will participate;-) Take care, Jan

walk2write said...

I think toad's not so wild ride is the most expressive one. The snow sculptures are like the ones done with sand, only around to enjoy for a few moments, at least in person. You did a great job freezing them in place for us, Marnie.

Kathleen said...

Of all the darn times for it to rain! At least that's what I'd be thinking if I were one of the sculptors. They are incredible. If it had to ruin them, I hope you at least got rid of all your snow?!!! (or maybe I'm the only one that wants it all to be gone?!!!)

Also how goes the jewelry making? I keep thinking you're going to post more of your creations.

Skeeter said...

It amazes me how people can take a pile of Snow or Sand and create such beautiful works of art! Yep, the cute turtles are my favorite but the toad on the turtle runs a close second. Too cute!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Marnee, How fabulous is that!!! Sorry to hear that they melted so quickly. I have seen sand art like this and ice sculptures --but never snow art. These people are so creative... LOVE em!!!! Thanks!

Hugs,
Betsy

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Forgot to tell you that the material made in the first picture on my post today was probably animal skin... I do know that it was heavy and almost fabric like.. IF they use the skins, they took the 'fur' off... Great question. Wish I knew more.
Hugs,
Betsy

Q said...

Oh my these are incredible.
I am head over heels for the dragons....
We also had rain that washed away all the snow. Now more snow is on the way.
Sherry

Sherri said...

Marnie, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful art with us! They are all amazing-what detail!

Balisha said...

We love this event. Didn't go this year, however...so happy to see your photos.
Have a nice weekend,
Balisha

garden girl said...

Wow Marnie, they are really amazing. It would have been really cool to watch the sculptors at work.

Randy and Jamie said...

Hi Marnie! Those are just incredible! Thank you for sharing them.--Randy

Dawn said...

Now, you'd think they would do something like that up here in Maine. Only when the frat boys are bored! These are wonderful!

beckie said...

Marnie, such talent these artists have. And then to see it all melt away...:( I like the 'happy together' one, too. But I really like the 'who are you' one. Such a face!

Zach said...

Oh, I love the last one, The Who are You. Alice and Wonderland, has always been one of my favorite books! I love that scene too!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

What a wonderful idea. A nearby town to me, Plymouth, MI, has an ice sculpture festival, but I've not seen snow sculptures. The skull is my fave.

And, NO, NO, NO!!!!!! Do NOT use soilless mix for winter sowing--that's for INDOOR sowing only. It's too light and fluffy for WS. Likewise topsoil is too heavy. You need a soil MIX, like MiracleGro Potting Mix (available outside in big box stores). Mixes have the right combo of soil AND soilless ingredients, which is JUST RIGHT for WS. Also, a mix can have fertilizer in it, but do NOT buy a mix with moisture crystals (this is for containers, but the crystals expand too much for WS) and do NOT get a weed suppressant mix (also for containers into which PLANTS go... the weed suppressant stops ALL seeds, not just weeds).

The soil mix is REALLY key.

Kahshe Cottager said...

This non-winter weather is causing some concern for winter-loving people as well as those who are Olympic bound. It is a shame that the ice sculptures have such a fleeting life at the best of times. Having said that, I am not a fan of winter and I confess that I have been enjoying these milder temperatures.

joey said...

Ice sculptures amaze me, Marnie! Great shots. Happy February :)

JC said...

Thanks for sharing ...

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi again, Marnie, I just noticed my local Target had the MiracleGro potting mix (nice and warm inside the store. Some big box stores have smaller bags inside but the bigger ones are frozen outside... they warm up fine inside but it's easier to get a non-frozen one!).

*Ulrike* said...

Such creative talent! All from the snow too, it is simply amazing!
Ulrike

Msrobin said...

Oh, I love them all, but especially Max and the Wild Thing! Trust me Marnie, I was shocked to see so many things growing under my snow too. It's cold again, and no snow cover, so now I have to worry more about them. The snow was such a nice blanket for the plants, even if I didn't like it!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful stuff ! Simply great !!

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Those are amazing!