Team Australia first competed in the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships in 2010, when a prominent feature of their sculpture – a tall, top-heavy lamppost – challenged gravity. In 2013, they’ll compete with the sculpture Emu Egg, “a symbol of the delicate beauty and astounding strength found everywhere in nature.”

Follow the team’s progress throughout the 2013 competition via this blog post or see it first-hand Jan. 22 – Feb. 3, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colo. Learn more about the event and see a few of the other teams selected for the  2013 International Snow Sculpture Championships.

Australia sketch Breckenridge snow sculpture 2013

In 2013, Team Australia will compete with the sculpture Emu Egg, “a symbol of the delicate beauty and astounding strength found everywhere in nature.”

About Team Australia
According to their bio, Team Australia is composed of an unlikely bunch of Australian sculptors currently living around the world, in cities such as Carbondale, Colo., Melbourne, Australia, and London.

They come together to build impossible-looking sculptures from a short-lived material. “Clearly they have some deeper understanding of the universe – or perhaps they just have a screw loose … ”

The submission also mentions that emus, Australia’s largest bird, share many characteristics with Australian snow sculptors. They go on to describe a few of those traits: emus are curious, opportunistically nomadic, travel very long distances, and grow to height of two meters, among other characteristics. Come January, be on the lookout for some six-foot-tall Aussies in Breckenridge.

Snow sculpting is a family affair, Australia competes with those closest to their hearts

Snow sculpting is a family affair, Australia competes with those closest to their hearts. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Oi, Oi, Oi! Team Australia wastes no time getting down to business

Oi, Oi, Oi! Team Australia wastes no time getting down to business. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 2: Heads up below. Sculptors chop away snow as the masterpieces begin to emerge. Photo by: Carl Scofield

Day 2: Heads up below. Sculptors chop away snow as the masterpieces begin to emerge. Photo by: Carl Scofield

Day 3: Team Australia

Day 3: Team Australia”s Emu egg is looking better with every scrape. Photo by: Carl Scofield

Day 4 Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 4 Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 5: Sculptures are finally completed and can be viewed until Feb. 3. Photo by: Carl Scofield

Day 5: Sculptures are finally completed and can be viewed until Feb. 3. Photo by: Carl Scofield

Visit GoBreck.com for a full gallery of photos from the 23rd Annual Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships.

 

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