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Winter wonderland in Harbin

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 01:35

January 7 - Artists from around the world compete in an ice sculpture contest as part of Harbin City's ice festival. Sharon Reich reports.

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There's a deep freeze in many cities around the world, but it looks like China's Harbin, just brought the cold indoors. Teams from 11 countries are competing in the city's annual ice sculpture contest. Artists are pounding away at solid blocks of ice that were taken from a nearby river. Using an array of tools they have just three days to chisel their visions, which can be tough considering the temperatures inside are as icy as the material they're working with. Canadian sculptor Patricia Leguin is used to the challenge -- she's competing for the sixth time. (SOUNDBITE) Professional ice and snow sculptor from Canada Patricia Leguin saying (English) : "I call it 'Waiting for Spring,' and it's a Chinese girl who's just sitting at the window, pondering about the spring, and in the background there's gonna be a winter scene, like a Japanese screen, with a winter scene that you can see through the screen." She's not the only one thinking of warmer temperatures -- local Harbin resident Sun Dongwen incorporated traditional Chinese art into his design that features a young child from a rural village waving a lantern. (SOUNDBITE) Professional ice and snow sculptor from Harbin, China Sun Dongwen, saying (Mandarin) : "You can say that this is using ancient colours to express the Chinese dream, what's important is the feeling. So when spring comes, we welcome it by starting anew, right? So one could say, in order to achieve the Chinese dream, Chinese people need to be in high spirits." The contest will finish up on January 8th, but if the weather is any indication, these sculptures won't be melting anytime soon.

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Winter wonderland in Harbin

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 01:35