Snow Sculpture Winners Announced

 

Gold: China, “Mermaid” — This sculpture pushed the boundaries of the medium with its illusion of movement and delicate form. Some of the features could have been made of paper. Team China seemingly freed the mermaid and sea creatures from the block of snow, creating a sculpture that is visually appealing from 360 degrees.

Gold: China, "Mermaid"  / 2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships / Photo by Carl Scofield

Gold: China, “Mermaid” / 2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships / Photo by Carl Scofield

Silver: Sweden, “4 (Ever) Wheels Reflection” — The concept for this sculpture represents the duality of our relationship with automobiles. The Swedish team’s attention to detail is impressive down to the subtle turning of a wheel and the texture of the base. The sculpture demonstrated both symmetry and humor.

Silver: Sweden, "4 (Ever) Wheels Reflection" / 2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships / Photo by Carl Scofield

Silver: Sweden, “4 (Ever) Wheels Reflection” / 2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships / Photo by Carl Scofield

Bronze: Mongolia-Erdene, “We Are One Family” — The judges were immediately drawn into this sculpture because of the very textured and graceful form. This sculpture stands strong both up close and from a distance. Team Mongolia executed “We Are One Family” superbly.

Bronze: Mongolia-Erdene, "We Are One Family" / 2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships / Photo by Carl Scofield

Bronze: Mongolia-Erdene, “We Are One Family” / 2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships / Photo by Carl Scofield

All quotes by Jenn Cram, Judge Coordinator and Director of Public Programs and Engagement for Breckenridge Creative Arts, on behalf of the judging panel.

  • In a first-ever tie, Artists’ Choice was split between Mongolia-Erdene and Mongolia-Tserendash.
  • People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice will be announced Sunday, Jan. 29.
  • Beginning Monday, Jan. 20, anyone can vote for Social Media Fan Favorite on Facebook.com/GoBreck

 

Snow Sculpture Day 5: Jan. 28, 2017 — morning

After 65 hours of carving across five teams, artists set down their tools at this morning’s 9:00 a.m. judging deadline. Winners will be announced in an award ceremony today at 2:00 p.m. We’ll post winner pics soon after the ceremony ends.

Snow Sculpture Day 4: Jan. 27, 2017

“This is shaping up to be one of the most outstanding competition fields in over a decade,” said event co-founder Rob Neyland. He credited the diversity of the field, the skill of the artists, the creativity of the designs and the on-site elevation of the competition — “everybody’s bringing it,” said Neyland.

Here’s where pieces stood Friday morning/midday. Artists will carve through the night until judging at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Snow Sculpture Day 3: Jan. 26, 2017

Cold, dry temperatures proved excellent for teams to start detail work early. Pieces are looking like the submitted sketches and tomorrow, artists will carve through the night to meet the 9am deadline for Saturday’s judging.

Snow Sculpture Day 2: Jan. 25, 2017

Sculptors were greeted with overcast skies, which eventually gave way to bits of sun. Temperatures hovered in the teens as artists made strong progress on their pieces.

Snow Sculpture Day 1: Jan. 24, 2017

The 27th annual Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships kicked off today at 11:00 a.m. MST. Sixteen teams from around the world — China, Finland, Germany (Theil), Great Britain (Annaly), Iceland, India (Callisto), Italy, Mexico, Mongolia (Erdene), Mongolia (Tserendash), Sweden, Turkey, USA-Breckenridge, USA-Loveland, USA-Vermont, USA-Wisconsin (Tomczak) — began their work of hand-carving 25 ton blocks of snow.

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