Snow Sculptures at the TD Bank Centre

February 17, 2007 at 5:02 pm 21 comments

Last year, I posted pictures of snow sculptures in front of the TD Bank Centre in downtown Winnipeg.  This year, they have snow sculptures there and I think these are better than last years’.

I have been wanting to take pictures of snow sculptures since I saw blocks of packed snow at a few sites.  I wanted to photograph them while they were newly sculpted, still smooth and clean and white.  But I didn’t want to venture out there in the extreme weather.  It’s starting to warm up a little bit now, if you call minus 14 to 23 C warm.  But hey, I’d take that over minus 42 windchill.

I think these sculptures of faces are awesome, although they’ve  already been splattered with dirt and mud, and scattered with bubble holes.

 This is one of the sculptures. I took three pictures at different angles. 

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This is the other sculpture.  Pictures taken at three different angles as well.

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Close up shots.

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More snow sculptures next time!

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  • 1. Cai  |  February 17, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Those sculptures are amazing! I wonder who makes them – bank employees?

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  • 2. zeroimpact  |  February 17, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Wow
    Great sculptures there🙂
    I like arts like this, make life seem so much more and the creativity just amazes me

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  • 3. Belle  |  February 17, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Beautiful scupltures! I wonder how long it took to carve those?

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  • 4. niceheart  |  February 17, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Cai, the sculptures were commissioned to a local artist, Miguel Joyal. You can see his signatures on the sculptures.

    Zeroimpact, I think Winnipeg has a lot of talented artists. And yeah, their works are amazing.

    Belle, I was just reading on the internet about a sculpture that he made in 10 days. The sculpture was an abstract for tbe Canadian Museum for Human Rights which they are planning on building here in Winnipeg. The sculpture was 15 feet tall and 11 feet in diameter. These sculptures are smaller, so it probably took him a little less than 10 days.

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  • 5. Toe  |  February 17, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Oh beautiful sculptures Niceheart! Good you took pictures. I wonder how the sculptor feels when the ice melts.

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  • 6. ann  |  February 17, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Nakakita na rin ako ng maraming ganyan pero hindi sa canada…hahaha! Meron sa star city sa manila. Pumasok kami ang ganda pero dahil di kami nagsuot ng winter jacket pagpasok di namin masyado na enjoy at sobrang lamig.

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  • 7. sexy mom  |  February 18, 2007 at 12:07 am

    awesome! the scupltures covered in ice made me smile. thanks!

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  • 8. Abaniko  |  February 18, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Nice works. Don’t they easily melt?

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  • 9. tin  |  February 18, 2007 at 2:36 am

    Wow! Very impressive! I thought snow are for snowmans only. Hahaha!

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  • 10. KD  |  February 18, 2007 at 6:04 am

    Ang galing, sayang lang pag mainit na malulusaw na rin yung sculptures niya.
    Mukhang mataas ang sculpture na yan, estimate ko mga 20-25 ft. kelangan ba ng building permit nyan hehe just joking

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  • 11. pining  |  February 18, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Amazing what you can do with snow.. very impressive indeed!

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  • 12. niceheart  |  February 18, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Toe, last year I watched a documentary about the Ice Hotel in Montreal, also here in Canada. They filmed the building of the hotel made out of ice from beginning to end and the hotel was just magnificent. Then when it started to melt, and they also had to demolish it because it was just so huge, you can see how the creators were sad to see it go. So I guess, somehow the artists will also feel sad when these snow sculptures start to melt.

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  • 13. niceheart  |  February 18, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Ann, baka naman ice sculptures ang nakita mo sa Manila. Because I don’t know how they’d get snow there. 🙂 Kailangan ngang malamig ang temperature to keep the sculptures from melting.

    You’re welcome, sexy mom.🙂

    Abaniko, the sculptures will stay as long as we have below zero Celsius temperatures. Once we get temperatures of zero degrees C and up, they will start to melt. That’s why I made sure I took pictures this weekend because it looks like we’re getting temperatures of minus 7 to minus 4 next week and if we hit zero and and it goes to plus 1 and up, then these sculptures will slowly melt away.😦

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  • 14. niceheart  |  February 18, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Tin, they are impressive, aren’t they. Yes, snow is not only for snowman. My kids also make snow forts and tunnels in our backyard.🙂

    KD, I think they are not even 15 feet tall. You know what? Hindi ko rin alam kung kailangan ng permit. But that’s a good question.🙂

    Yes, pining. I agree with you.🙂

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  • 15. haze  |  February 18, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Those are just wonderful ! I wish I have the talent to do this and share with others🙂 ! Bravo to the person who shares his/her art ! ! Sometimes waking up in the morning is very hard, sometimes we have emotional difficulties (worries, stressed out etc) but you see Niceheart , somehow it could brighten up someone’s journey di ba ! This is real ART🙂 ! Thanks for sharing these sculptures it made my day😉 !

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  • 16. bw  |  February 18, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    These ice sculptors are truly amazing. How can you carve out such intricate art with a chainsaw? 🙂

    Extreme temp really hardened up the snow in the pic that’s why they were able to carve them out. Exceptional indeed🙂

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  • 17. verns  |  February 18, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    cool! i wonder how long it takes for them to finish one sculpture🙂

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  • 18. niceheart  |  February 18, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Haze, I know what you mean. Sometimes I also wake up with “emotional difficulties.” But I’d see or hear something pleasant and it will brighten my day. I’m glad these pictures made your day.🙂

    BW, I heard an interview with one of the snow sculptures and he said that our recent extreme temperatures made it easier for them to carve the sculptures. Although the frigid temperatures where hard on their skin.

    Verns, the artist who made these particular sculptures said that it took him about 10 days to finish one of his other sculptures.

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  • 19. rachel  |  February 19, 2007 at 8:35 am

    thanks for posting those beautiful pictures – something that us Winnipeggers can be so proud of. these are proofs that something really good and worthwhile can come out of the deep freeze we’re in. bilib talaga sa sipag mo, naeenjoy tuloy akong bisitahin ang site mo regularly to check for new entries. keep it up!

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  • 20. mr nice ash  |  February 19, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    the lowest looks like cameron d.🙂

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  • 21. verns  |  February 19, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    10 days? wow..tagal din pala…

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