Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fur Rondy Has Started!

It's that time of the year again...Fur Rondy! We went downtown yesterday to watch the snow carvers do their thing. The competition is next Saturday. It's really interesting to watch. Each group has their own technique. Some work from drawings, others from 3D models that they made out of clay. All of the sculptors are very nice, and more than willing to share a little background of their sculpture if you ask. Things are still in the rough stages right now. By next weekend, they will be finished to perfection.

The sculptors all start with huge blocks of compacted snow, and they spray paint their basic shape onto it before they start. They use everything from shovels to machetes to blocks covered with sandpaper to make their art.
As they get into more detail, they spray more rough drawings into the snow and then carve them out. It's a lot of fun to wander around all of the sculptures and see what ideas everyone has come up with. If you ever get a chance to come to Alaska in early March, check it out!

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