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Russian team wins big at Harbin Ice Sculpting Competition

01-13-2012 09:24 BJT

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The results are in from the Harbin International Ice Sculpting Competition. And after judging the works by more than 60 ice sculptors from all over the world, a Russian team has picked up the winner's trophy for the annual event.

Each year sculptors from across the globe come to the Harbin Ice Festival to show off their skills.

The Ice Sculpting Competition is part of Harbin's annual Ice and Snow Festival, which started on January the 5th.

This year, entrants came from 60 different countries. Their canvasses start off as vast blocks of ice, some of which weigh more than two tons and stretch 4 meters high and 3 meters across.

A Russian team has picked up the winner's trophy
for the annual event.

The ice is cut from the frozen surface of the Songhua River in northeastern China and is famous among ice sculptors for its translucency and delicacy.

Patricia Leguen is an ice sculptor from Canada. Her sculpture represents a legend from her home town in Vancouver.

Patricia Leguen said, "It tells about how the world received the light, the sun, the moon and the stars and the world was not dark any more."

79-year-old Patiana Schremko is a frequent competitor at the festival.

Patiana Schremko said, "I come for enjoyment, but part of the enjoyment is also to do a very good job. Of course, I want to win, but I want to do a very good job, so I know for me I have won. It doesn't mean I have to get number one."

This year's winner of the top prize of 10,000 RMB or about 1,600 US dollars is "The Hunter" by Russian husband and wife team, Vladimir and Ekaterina Barsukov. Their depiction of a female hunter delivers a message of sexual equality.

Vladimir Barsukov said, "I am very excited, and I can't really believe we won."

Ekaterina Barsukov said, "We just tried the best to make our ice sculpture and we tried very hard to make it perfect, and we won the championship."

All the sculptures featured in the competition will be on display in Zhaolin Park until the end of February.

Organizers say more than 20,000 visitors will see them in the coming months.

All the sculptures featured in the competition will
be on display in Zhaolin Park until the end of February.

All the sculptures featured in the competition will
be on display in Zhaolin Park until the end of February.

All the sculptures featured in the competition will
be on display in Zhaolin Park until the end of February.

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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