(Last Updated On: October 7, 2014)

Team Mongolia

Team Mongolia works on shaping their sculpture on Day One.

With sunshine and a beautiful bluebird sky, the first day of the 2014 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships got off to a strong start. With 15 teams representing 11 countries, the artists claimed their 20-ton blocks of snow and began planning their masterpieces. Each block of snow is 12 feet tall, and their creations must be sculpted using only hand tools. The competition will be intense this year, as the entries draw their themes from nature, music, film, life, legends, the sun, the moon and even the Olympics.

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Day One shaping from the top of one of the blocks.

The teams will be working outside the Riverwalk Center all week. This event is an unique opportunity to watch the artists in action and interact with them. Take some pictures, enjoy their creations and marvel at their talent. From rectangular blocks of snow some amazing snow sculptures will emerge. The teams were hard at work today, including Team France and their creation, “The Dark Side of the Moon”, the sketch for which is pictured above.