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 !

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I love painting, writing, travelling and photography. My favorit models are my four cats which I observe with fun and humor. I am German, married to an Italian and we live in Waterloo (15 km from Brussels) / Belgium since many years. Waterloo is a famous place to many tourists, because Napoleon lost his battle here against Wellington and other European countries.

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