Ice Sculpture Festival Shows World’s Wonders

This winter the snow and ice sculpture festival in Bruges will take you on a cool and fascinating journey to the world’s most popular tourist destinations and most impressive tourist attractions.Man’s urge to travel is as old as man himself. It was this urge which first led to the great voyages of discovery. Get ready to make your own voyage of discovery through stunning continents and exciting cultures and meet many of history’s great figures along the way. Follow in the footsteps of great globetrotters and visit some of the most famous cultural monuments in the world. Your journey will take you to more than 20 countries.A group of experts compiled a new wonders of the world list in 2006, selecting 21 nominations from 77 buildings. This list, together with the far longer list of cultural and natural heritage sites compiled by the UN organisation UNESCO, has proved the inspiration to 30 international artists for the annual

Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges. ’Around the World’ opens its icy doors to the public from 26 November 2010 to 16 January 2011, in front of the Central Railway station in Bruges, from ten o’clock in the morning until seven o’clock in the evening. Come and visit those inspiration places that you really must see! After the trek through the ice you’ll come to the ICE BAR where you can enjoy a drink IN THE ROCKS. Everything is built from a mass of snow and ice and combined with captivating lighting. Come along on a breath-taking trek through the WORLD at -6°C/20°F. The free program booklet serves as a travel guide along the biggest treasures of humanity on six continents. In short, it is spectacular, educational, but especially a not to be missed world journey for every family. Unique in Europe but don’t forget to wear warm clothing! The Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival is open every day from the 26th of November 2010 until the 16 of January 2011, every day from 10 AM to 7 PM, including Christmas and New Years’ day. News from: snow and ice sculpture festival   – ^ – Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material.  Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. Ice sculptures are generally associated with special or extravagant events because of their limited lifetime.The lifetime of a sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment and thus, a sculpture can last from mere minutes to possibly months. There are several ice festivals held around the world, hosting competitions of ice sculpture carving. Sculpting ice presents a number of difficulties due to the variability and volatility of the material. Ice may be sculpted in a wide range of temperatures and the characteristics of the ice will change according to its temperature as well as the surrounding temperatures. Sculptures are generally carved from blocks of ice and these blocks must be carefully selected to be suitable for the sculptor’s purposes and should be free of undesired impurities.

Typically, ideal carving ice is made from pure, clean water. However, clear, transparent ice is a result of the freezing process and not necessarily related to the purity of the water. Clear ice blocks are usually the result of slow freezing from one direction, often with circulation of the water that allows impurities to escape. The water molecules are allowed to line up into the typical crystal lattice while impurities remain in the unfrozen water. Certain machines and processes allow for slow freezing and the removal of impurities and therefore are able to produce the clear blocks of ice that are favored by ice carvers. However, not all blocks that are carved are clear ice. White ice blocks look like snow and are sometimes carved. Colored ice blocks are produced by adding dyes to the ice and can be carved as well. In some instances, clear ice and colored ice are combined to create a desired effect.The temperature of the environment affects how quickly the piece must be completed to avoid the effects of melting; if the sculpting does not take place in a cold environment, then the sculptor must work quickly to finish his piece. Some sculptures can be completed in as little as ten minutes if the carver is using power tools such as chainsaws and specialty bits fitted to a die grinder.Ice sculptors also use razor-sharp chisels and hand saws that are specifically designed for cutting ice.As various technologies are adapted for use with ice carving, many sculptures are now created largely by machine. CNC machines and molding systems are now commonly used to create ice sculptures and complicated logos from ice. Color effects are also possible by a number of techniques, including the addition of colored gels or sand to the ice.  – ^ – GoodNews International  -^ – Pictures Virtual Tour

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