Returning this year to Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures Championship is team Great Britain with their creation, The Somerset Hunky Punks.

Hunky Punks comes from the old English meaning, squatting on one’s haunches with short legs and big bodies, they can usually be found climbing down the church towers. Hunky Punks themselves are stone carvings of monstrous beasts that adorn the magnificent stone church towers of West Somerset, Great Britain with an architectural style that dates back from the second half of the Gothic perpendicular period 1450-1500 CE. Hunky Punks were used to break up the straight architectural line style and, of course, to ward off any evil spirits.

This year Great Britain’s team of four stone carvers and sculptors wanted to keep with the tradition of the stone craftsmen from the past that drew inspiration from heraldry, folklore and mythology. However, for this snow sculpting event team Great Britain will be adding their own individual interpretations that are said to set these Hunky Punk beasts free again!

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Team Great Britain’s sketch of their sculpture titled, “The Somerset Hunky Punks”

Check out team Great Britain’s submission drawing and make sure to check back during the event January 21-25, 2014 to see team photos, updates, the winners and more! Facebook.com/GoBreck GoBreck.com
Click to see what team Great Britain sculpture from 2013

About team Great Britain

Team Great Britain is a group of architectural stone carvers from Great Britain, who like to create snow sculptures in the winter as a hobby.

Team Captain Mr. Oliver Annaly is feeling better as he was not here to lead the team after a back injury he had last year. He is really to take back the reins this year and lead their team in 2014.

Team members: James Wheeler, Thomas Kenrick and Will Whitmore. James Wheeler has had experience as a stone carver in South Wales for over 14 years, and now enjoys snow carving and traveling widely in North America. Thomas Kenrick has been practicing in the art of carving and sculpting for over 10 years now and has worked on some major projects over the years which include, “Mytilus Edulus” on Conwy Quay, North Wales and the Cermaes Park project in Cardiff, South Wales, carving in London’s Westminster Abbey and Lincoln Cathedral in the north of England. Will Whitmore has been sculpting for over 16 year where he trained at The City of Bath College and completed an apprenticeship under a Master Mason. He has also worked and exhibited internationally in India, Cambodia and New Zealand. He has recently completed 7 large poetic carvings in Bridgend, South Wales.

Kick off to the International Snow Sculpture Championships 

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Day 1: Watch as team Great Britain uses wire as a saw to make some of their first moves. Team are only allowed to use hand tools such as this. Photo by: Carl Scofield

Day 2: Strike a pose Great Britain, having some fun in the sun!

Day 2: Strike a pose Great Britain, having some fun in the sun!      Photo by: Carl Scofield

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Day 3: Team Great Britain looks very focused as they begin day three of this competition. Photo by: Carl Scofield

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Day 4: Understanding the technique of sculpting is a true talent. Photo by: Carl Scofield

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Day 5: Great Britain’s sculptures is completed and ready to be viewed! Photo by: Carl Scofield

Congratulations to all the teams for their participation in Breckenridge’s 2014 International Snow Sculpture Championships!

Be sure to see all 15 snow sculptures now on display till February 2, 2014.

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