Tuesdays of Texture – Week 9, 2017

Here’s my contribution for this week’s  Tuesdays of Texture  over at de monte y mar.

These are all from a visit to Ottawa at the beginning of February. Our visit coincided with the start of their annual Winterlude Festival.

I’ve mentioned before how we Canadians love to make excuses (that we call winter festivals) in order to get out, stay active, and have fun despite our long cold winters and after the Carnaval in Quebec City, Winterlude in Ottawa is one of the biggest and best known.

So what does this have to do with Texture?

Well, one of the fun events is their international ice sculpture competition that draws participants from every corner of the globe.

There’s texture galore in the finished works plus tons more in some of the behind the scenes shots of the artists at work:

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Polar bear and seal

Ice Dragon

Ice Dragon

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Another dragon

My favorite of the finished works we saw

My favorite of the finished works we saw

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As a power tool guy I was fascinated to see some of the creative uses for different types of saws and rotary tools

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Between the cold and the exposure to water from melting ice, I wonder how long these tools last?

Between the cold and the exposure to water from melting ice, I wonder how long these tools last?

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Ever wondered how they pull off such intricate designs?

Ever wondered how they pull off such intricate designs? Simple enough: paper templates.

Would have loved to see the end result of this one.

Would have loved to see the end result of this one.

And some bonus texture here:

Maple Taffy on Snow: a late winter Canadian tradition.

Maple Taffy on Snow: a late winter Canadian tradition.

And who doesn't love some cute fuzzy mascots?

And who doesn’t love some cute fuzzy mascots?

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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32 Responses to Tuesdays of Texture – Week 9, 2017

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  2. marianallen says:

    I especially love the dragons! There’s just something intriguing about a flame-breather made of ice.

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  3. narami says:

    It looks like most sculptures are massive, are they all taller than a human? So much ice! My favorite part of this type of art is when they are shredding the ice and it flies everywhere. It’s a messy, lovely thing.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us this week Norm!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Some of them are about waist high, but that polar bear and the ones you see guys working on from scaffolds are all 8-10 feet tall. It is a fun art form 🙂

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  4. Amazing ice sculptures! Thanks for sharing, Norm. 🙂

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  5. Pistachios says:

    Truly incredible. Looks like my sort of place 😉
    And, yes, fascinating to watch the sculptors at work. Not a hobby you’d consider taking up, Norm…?

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  6. I love ice sculptures and the artists who create them. Love them all. 🙂

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  7. Donna says:

    Stunning photos, Norm.I love that you captured the work in progress!

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  8. Lynn says:

    Norm, it is so fascinating to watch these artists at work. The first time we attended Winterlude, we watched throughout the weekend as the sculptures that began as blocks of ice, evolved into incredible pieces of art. The intricacy & the detail in them is unbelievable. The maple taffy & the beaver tails are pretty awesome too😋

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  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    I could feel a chill go through me just looking at the photos. These guys who produce these pieces of art are so creative. The one that caught my eye was a work-in-progress that looked like it might be a chariot when he was finished. Just the wheel was incredible.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne I know what you mean. Yes that one piece has so much intricate work in it I just stood and stared at it for a few minutes trying to figure out how long it took to get it to that point.

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  10. I really love Ottawa in the summer …. I’m going to have to check it out in the winter. Outstanding shots of all that ice!

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  11. Marvelous! Worth having winter for. 🙂 (But then, I like winter.)

    janet

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  12. jan says:

    I feel chilly just looking at those sculptures! Amazing what some people can do with ice.

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    Thank goodness for photography! I can’t imagine all that effort for something that is going to melt, but they are beautiful works of art. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. 76sanfermo says:

    Extraordinary Texture , this week!

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  15. Norm, these are fantastic. How they make ice come to life is amazing. I love the bird/eagle, or whatever the bird is…its wonderful.

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  16. joey says:

    Love these! I particularly enjoy the complexity of the round snowflake 😀

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