Saturday, January 10, 2009

ICE SCULPTURE EXPOSITION IN BRUGES 2008

On wednesday my friend and I visited the yearly ice sculpture exposition in Bruges (Belgium). The exposition was in a big tent where the temperature is kept at - 6°C (21°F). In total 300 tons (662.000 lbs) of ice and 400 tons (882.000 lbs) of snow have been used to build the sculptures. A team of approx. 40 artist from the UK, Canada, USA, Estonia, Finland, Venezuela, Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands and Belgium built the snow and ice sculptures over a three-week period. The theme is based on magic which has been practiced for centuries by powerful wizards, witches and other wise men and women. You will see some of them even Harry Potter !

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Here is the map of the whole exposition, every wall and everything else was in ice. Photobucket -------------------------------------------------------

We start our tour, we only sat in there for the photo. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket --------------------------------------------------------------------

An icy "open fire" Photobucket ----------------------------------------------------------------------

different patterns of snowflakes carved in an ice wall Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket -------------------------------------------------------------------

With the magician was of course a cat ! Photobucket -----------------------------------------------------------------

a library in ice I had never seen before ! Photobucket Photobucket -----------------------------------------------------------

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monsters

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here is Harry Potter, unfortunately I don't remember the name of all the others. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket --------------------------------------------------------------

and at the end of the tour was a real bar in ice where you could have a strong drink to warm you up !

12 comments:

JanMary said...

That all looks amazing - thanks for sharing your great photos.

I spent a day in Bruge in 1986! I was working for the summer in a kids camp, and took the train there on my day off - I remember a beautiful small city with lots of chocolate and lace. I took a trip on the river too.

Melli said...

I remember when you went to this last year too! All different, of course! It is beautiful... I would so love to see it! Lucky the FLOOR is not made of ice! You'd need ice skates to go through!

Jientje said...

I've never seen the ice sculptures myself!! Shame on me!! It looks wonderful! I'm glad you had a good time in my home town!

Puss-in-Boots said...

It's clever what they can do with frozen water, isn't it? There's a city in northern China, Harbin, where they have an ice sculpture display each year, also. That's pretty amazing as well.

Vlado&Toni said...

wow, this is amazing, i have never seen such a thing before. i wonder how long it took the artists to do such fine work.

Café P11 said...

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cheers

Glennis said...

Amazing displays, and all made of ice, could never happen here, its too warm.
The American President Obama is not actually our president, we in New Zealand are not part of the USA, but an Independent country, part of the Commonwealth, right down at the other end of the globe in the Pacific Ocean close to Australia. Here we have a Prime Minister Mr john Keys.
Easy mistake to make, I am very pleased that USA now has a new President thats why I put the photo on my blog. To celebrate.
Glennis.

GMG said...

Hi Gattina! TGIF!! ;)
Brrr... Too cold; you'll need a vodka on that Bar... ;)
Blogtrotter, still posting on Delhi, waits your visit! ;) Enjoy and have a great weekend!

GMG said...

A new post at Blogtrotter; no drinks however... ;-((
Have a great week!

Carrizo said...

Good photos, good art and what colours.

Lifecruiser said...

Lovely exhibition. It really has become quite popular with those ice themed attractions. It's fascinating, not only because it's a rather new art form to me, but for the technique and the light in it. Now there is not only ice sculpture exhibitions, ice hotels or icebars, but also ice churches.

Thom said...

Thanks for sharing this. :) I wasn't blogging then so I didn't see this. Wow...this is beautiful :)

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