Mexico: 2013 Breckenridge snow sculpture

Snow Sculpture 2013: Mexico

Ask any long-standing judge at Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships about Team Mexico, and they will applaud the team’s progression since their 2007 debut in Breckenridge. From the early days practicing in sand to winning first place at the 2011 competition, Team Mexico continues to up their abilities.

Team Mexico’s 2013 piece, Whal-e, will depict a mechanical whale composed of steel plates, rivets, a gear system, and a navigation controller. Their intent is to communicate that “if we do not solve global warming, it will cause our children to know only mechanical animals … Natural beauty will never be replaced.”

Team Mexico sketch for 2013 International Snow Sculpture Championships

Ask any long-standing judge at Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships about Team Mexico, and they will applaud the team’s progression since their 2007 debut in Breckenridge.

Follow their progress during the competition (Jan. 22 – Feb. 3, 2013) via this blog post or on Facebook.com/GoBreck. Read more about the event and check out a few of the other teams selected for the 2013 event.

About Team Mexico
Pablo Elías, who’s participated in Breckenridge with the team since 2007, captains Team Mexico. Other members include sculptors Josue Elias, Daniel Elas and Antonio Castillo, plus team representative (not allowed to sculpt) Norma Marquez.

3 brothers and 1 cousin make up team Mexico. This is their second time to Breckenridge. Coming from a country with no snow, Mexico has been preparing in sand.

3 brothers and 1 cousin make up team Mexico. This is their second time to Breckenridge. Coming from a country with no snow, Mexico has been preparing in sand. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

All that sand carving is paying off for Team Mexico. Photo by: Carl Scofield

All that sand carving is paying off for Team Mexico. Photo by: Carl Scofield

Day 2: Even shaving away the littlest bits of snow can make the biggest difference in appearance to the sculptures. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 2: Even shaving away the littlest bits of snow can make the biggest difference in appearance to the sculptures. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 3: Adding great detail to the sculptures, takes time and patience. Team Mexico gets technical. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 3: Adding great detail to the sculptures, takes time and patience. Team Mexico gets technical. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 4 Photo by: Carl Scofield

Day 4 Photo by: Carl Scofield

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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