ICYMI: World Snow Sculpting Championship Awards – Stillwater, MN

Jan 30, 2022 | art/design

Studio J & Judd Sather Photography
Stillwater welcomed 40,000 people to a first-ever World Class competition and though the weather was cold, there was a perfect snowfall during the World’s Coolest Block Party Saturday night, making the riverfront festival scene with glowing snow art, a DJ, and fire performers… quite a sight!  Go visit soon, and hopefully the sculptures will stay if they are safe and don’t melt. They are located on the riverfront in Lowell Park and access is free.

1st place Team Jetset from CANADA🇨🇦.

Studio J & Judd Sather Photography

TEAM CAPTAIN: Jessie Armand
TEAM MEMBERS: Carlos Migue Ramirz Pereyra, Christopher Power
SCULPTURE TITLE: YeeHaa
SCULPTURE DESCRIPTION: It’s not our first rodeo.

Stillwater welcomed 40,000 people to a first-ever World Class competition and though the weather was cold we had a perfect snowfall during the World’s Coolest Block Party Saturday night making the riverfront festival scene with glowing snow art, a DJ, and fire performers quite a sight!
Go visit soon and hopefully, the sculptures will stay if they are safe and don’t melt. They are located in the riverfront Lowell Park and access is free.

2nd place Team Pichincha from ECUADOR🇪🇨


TEAM CAPTAIN: Milton Ramon Estrella Gavidia
TEAM MEMBERS: Robert Angeloni Tapia Montenegro, Alvaro Xavier Gonzalez Negrete
SCULPTURE TITLE: Enclosures (Envolventes)
SCULPTURE DESCRIPTION: The planet turns over and over again; it pursues the charms of life. At each turn, it arrives with entwining and mighty movements, charged with vibrations and forces to stretch, collect and promote incoherent whirlwinds; its sensuality caresses and gives birth to androgynous (new) forms that merge into the endless nets like those who wish to escape. The work has acquired its personality, a strong character, and an identity easy to recognize. The movement and its internal drawing within the volume, transmit the spectator a personal image of a different visual journey loaded with emotions, frustrations, and constant struggle. The versatility of the materials makes the work distinctive and occupies a place in space to transcend through time, wrangling in unconventional space. That is what I see in my original work.

3rd place Team Snow Cowboys from Minnesota, USA 🇺🇸

TEAM CAPTAIN: Adam Turner
TEAM MEMBERS: Mike Majerus, Bryan Mulligan
SCULPTURE TITLE: One Person’s Trash
SCULPTURE DESCRIPTION: We have a friend who passed recently. He had a company called ‘TrashGenie.’ Aside from the purpose of the company (a trash removal company), the idea of a genie coming out of trash can gives a nod to the idea that there are many people out there that are hidden behind ambiguity, anxiety or simply, different belief systems or different approaches in life other than ours. We put labels on them and 2 never dive in to get to know who they truly are. This friend of ours had a BIG personality. It didn’t resonate with some. But behind his big personality was an even bigger heart… that ultimately touched thousands of people. This sculpture is an encouragement to not write people off. Take the time. Find the treasure behind what you may initially deem as otherwise.

People’s Choice: Team Sculptora Borealis from Wisconsin, USA 🇺🇸

TEAM CAPTAIN: Joshua Jakubowski
TEAM MEMBERS: Robert (Bob) Lechtenberg, Michael (Mike) Lechtenberg
SCULPTURE TITLE: Harmonious Ascension

SCULPTURE DESCRIPTION: The mighty Titan Atlas was eternally burdened to hold up the Heavens by Zeus after losing the Titanomachy against the Gods as retribution for his rebellion. As a result, Atlas had been forced to watch humanity evolve and devolve for millennia, and he has grown tired of their inability to collectively see what is truly important – the disciplines of patience, understanding, and unity. As a sign of his disappointment in humanity, Atlas is unburdening the shattered heavens from his shoulders in defiance to Zeus. However, new life rises from the ruins, and this renewal is represented by a fountain of life growing from the fragmented heavens, and the flora and fauna springing up around Atlas. The strength of humanity originates from unity, and the fall of humanity will stem from division – which outcome will you choose?

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