Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ice on the Avenue

In My World we don't hate winter, we celebrate it. Right next to Colorado Springs is Old Colorado City, and each year they hold a small festival called Ice on the Avenue. Despite continuing to try to fight off a cough (which materialized from a mild flu), my wife and I went down there today. There were a handful of ice sculptures, such as this cowboy through which people were sticking their faces to get photos.
There was an area set up to pan for gold.
But for me, the most interesting part was watching how the artists started with these 300-pound blocks of ice...
...and using their various tools, in this case an electric chainsaw...
...turned the ice into sculptures.
Unfortunately I didn't get to see this one finished as we needed to leave. Visit My World Tuesday to see lots of other interesting sights.

26 comments:

  1. I love the Cowboy Ice Sculpture, I bet the horse looked great when it was finished. Thanks for sharing:)

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  2. What a terrific post and look at your world today, Al! Love the ice sculptures and I, too, bet the horse turned out great! Marvelous captures as always! Hope you have a great day!

    Sylvia

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  3. "Cool" post literally & figuratively! I hope you're feeling better this afternoon! FYI when you get a chance could you email me? I have a quick question regarding the layout/formatting of your blog.

    Thanks!

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  4. I'll bet it's interesting to watch the sculpturing process. Seems such a shame that it then just melts away.

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  5. I love winter, without it our world could not be renewed and Spring brust forth. Thank you for sharing these great shots, I bet it was a fun event. Love the ice sculptures.
    Molly

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  6. So much better to celebrate winter than to fight it! Wonderful ice scuptures.

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  7. It's amazing to me how sculptors work with ice. I'd love to see the last one finished.

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  8. Really interesting. did you find any gold?

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  9. Ice sculptures are great to look at. Great series. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

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  10. Winter as it could / should be. How very wonderful an event. Please have you all a good Tuesday.

    daily athens

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  11. Amazing what they do with a chunk of ice.

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  12. Really n-ice! Never thought they used chainsaws, but then I guess I never thought about it before.

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  13. Must be fun to watch ice carvers tackle the blocks of ice and create masterpieces.

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  14. I like icesculptures too. In Sweden there are also many artists who sculpture in ice.
    Great shots!

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  15. Ciao Al, this is a great way to celebrate winter!
    Have a good day!

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  16. A shame you did'nt see the horse finish, but some great sights you both got ;-)
    I like your pictures!

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  17. Questo festival mi sarebbe molto piaciuto poterlo vedere !!!
    Grande !
    Buona serata :)
    Myriam

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  18. How clever they are and such nice sculptures! Ice... what is more nice than that.. I'm sure you had a nice day there! :)

    Hope you're having a Happy New Year! :)

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  19. i used to live in the area and always wanted to see ice sculpting but missed the opportunity before I moved to Florida. Very nice post. If you have the time, stop by my page at www.adventureswithjessica.blogspot.com and check things out. New followers are always welcome :) Thanks!

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  20. We keep meeting in the "same" places.

    Last friday, I went to crystals mountain, and they have a panning for crystals.

    How long do the ice last?

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  21. i never seen ice sculpture creating one from the start. this is interesting.

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  22. I like the partly finished horse! Ice sculptures are always so much fun to see! :-D

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  23. Great photos of this ice festival! Amazing that this is done with a chainsaw. Must have been fun to watch.

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