Monday, December 27, 2010

Ice Sculpture Festival

Ice Sculpture Festival Shows World's Wonders

If you want to see Paris's Arc de Triomphe, Moscow's Kremlin and the Egyptian Sphinxes all at the same time, you will have to brave the frozen temperatures of the annual Bruges ice sculpture festival in Belgium.

There you will also meet the icy figures of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

For its tenth year, the Bruges ice sculpture festival decided to go on a trip around the world's greatest monuments and historic figures.

The icy trip will take you to 20 countries.

It took over 30 international artists four weeks to prepare the 74 statues inspired by the world's wonders.

Organizers said they used 300 tons of ice and 400 tons of fresh snow, with ice blocks up to two meters high and weighing about two tons.

The festival also includes an ice bar where visitors can try and warm up with a drink or two.

The ice used for sculpting was originally harvested in Sweden, but the ice used for this festival is now made in the Northwestern Flemish region of Belgium.

The festival opened on Friday (November 26) and will end on January 16, 2011.

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