ATCO International Ice Carving Competition
The 2017 ATCO International Ice Carving Competition begins Thursday, January 26 and ends at noon on Saturday, January 28.
Up to 10 two-person teams of professional artists from around the world will take 15 blocks of crystal clear carving ice and 35 hours to create their ice carving masterpiece.
Judging begins at noon on Saturday, January 28 and the awards are presented at 4 pm in the CTV Entertainment Tent.
The 3 Block Challenge begins Friday, February 2 and ends at noon on Saturday, February 4.
Up to 5 two-person teams of local artists participate in the Three Block Challenge on the final weekend of the festival. Each team get 3 blocks of crystal clear carving ice and 10 hours to create their ice carving masterpiece.
What’s so special about carving ice?
Carving ice is made by a special process that freezes water from the bottom up in a Clinebell machine. This process allows the impurities to rise to the top and be trimmed off, resulting in a crystal clear block of ice. Each block of ice is 1M (40″) X .5M (20″) X .25M (10″) and weighs 135 KG (297 LBS).
How do the judges score the carvings?
The carvings are scored by skilled judges and each ice carving is judged on first impression, structure, skill and technique, details, concept and design, creativity and artistic merit.
Canada Cup of Ice Carving – Special Edition 2017
The Canada Cup of Ice Carving will showcase the best of ice carving talent from the Crystal Garden International Ice Carving Competition at Winterlude in Ottawa, Ice Magic in Lake Louise and the Ice on Whyte Festival in Edmonton.
This year, the inaugural Canada Cup of Ice Carving will be held in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. It will rotate annually between the three International Ice Carving Competitions.
In 2016, these three events were the qualifiers for this inaugural competition. The top scoring team from each of these Canadian cities get a guaranteed space in Ottawa in 2017.
Congratulations to Team Sakha, Egor Stepanov and Alexey Andreev, from the Republic of Sakha in Russia, the 1st place winners from Ice on Whyte 2016, representing Ice on Whyte at the Canada Cup of Ice Carving in 2017!
This year, the top three winners from Ice Magic, Ice on Whyte and the Crystal Garden competitions will qualify for the 2018 Canada Cup of Ice Carving which will be held at Ice Magic in Lake Louise.
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