Last weekend the International Snow Sculpture Championship began in Breckenridge, Colorado. Sculptors from around the world came to compete. They all started with the same block of snow.
These were my favorites.
Bright colored lights added quite the theatrical dimension.
A mighty fist bump.
The widow maker. An entry from Breckenridge, Colorado.
A Martian’s space ship?
The new Barbie and Ken. Ha!
Artists travel from all over the world to compete in this challenge. They know their works of art won’t have much time before being destroyed by natural elements. Time ticks as the sun rises higher in the sky.
Imagine if you traveled from Europe, sculpted your entry and then watched it melt in the intense sunshine.
That’s what happened last Saturday. Temperatures hit the low 40’s. Two German entries, very intricate in design, fell apart in the intense Colorado sunshine. Luckily, they both won awards before melting.
As a writer, I know my words will last a little longer. They won’t melt in the internet or evaporate from my hard copies. Although they may not have much meaning over time, it’s how I touch people right now that is important to me.
Extraordinary writers change the way readers think. Their words have power. They become part of us. Their books are passed down through generations. Most writers only dream of being remembered that way.
But these sculptures will remain in my memories. I learned how the extraordinary can be formed from an ordinary block of snow. Some created with a stronger foundation will last longer during the heat of the day. Others, although brilliant, proved too fragile a design. No matter how long they exist before melting, they become timeless for those who view them.
There’s still time. The event runs through this weekend. They will remain on display until they become a puddle, evaporate and once again become Colorado champagne powder.
More of the Wild Ride!
Frozen Words – A Photo Essay 2013 International Snow Sculpture Competition daytime photos
Click HERE to see more snow sculptures.
This is a response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Time.
Have you seen snow sculptures other than snowmen? Would you like to create something that lasts the vestiges of time? What book changed the way you think about your world?