Category Archives: Temporary Art

Ice and Snow Sculptures (Part 2)

Quoted from wikipedia:

Sculpting ice presents a number of difficulties due to the variability and volatility of the material. Ice 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 is mostly the result of slow freezing 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.

Frozen in thought: Ice sculpture entry for Zehnder’s Snowfest, Frankenmuth, Michigan USA (taken in Jan. 2008 by David :0)

Detail of ice sculpture of child: Halifax Ice Sculpture Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada (taken in Dec. 2008 by john2544)

Ice Queen: from Wereldwonderen, Netherlands (taken in Dec. 2007 by Eisbeertje)

Cold Icy Stare: Exposición de Esculturas de Hielo in Madrid, Spain (taken in Dec. 2007 by tonymadrid)

Royal Icy Treatment: Ice Sculpture Festival and Trail, Norwich, Norfolk, UK (taken in Dec. 2005 by Leo Reynolds)

Ice Fantasy: International Competition of Ice and Sculpture in Khabarovsk, Russia (taken in Jan. 2008 by smakogon)

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Street Art: Christmas (Part 2)

Quoted from wikipedia:

“The motivations and objectives that drive street artists are as varied as the artists themselves. There is a strong current of activism and subversion in urban art. Street art can be a powerful platform for reaching the public, and frequent themes include adbusting, subvertising and other culture jamming, the abolition of private property and reclaiming the streets. Other street artists simply see urban space as an untapped format for personal artwork, while others may appreciate the challenges and risks that are associated with installing illicit artwork in public places. However the universal theme in most, if not all street art, is that adapting visual artwork into a format which utilizes public space, allows artists who may otherwise feel disenfranchised, to reach a much broader audience than traditional artwork and galleries normally allow.”

Graffiti Christmas tree with “toy” ornaments: taken in St. Petersburg, Russia in June, 2008 (originally uploaded by быдло-метро трэш-мажор)

Merry Fishmast:” taken in Locarno, Switzerland in 2006 (originally uploaded by angora frog)

Winter in America:” by Chris Stain, taken in Norway (?), September 2008 (Originally uploaded by Romanywg)

Darth, I am Your Father” by eye, taken in Cardiff, Wales, UK, Nov. 2008 (Originally uploaded by Thiefree)

Santa’s Ghetto: Found on the security barrier or ‘apartheid wall’ in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine, this graffiti art is from Italian street artist, Blu (photo taken in Dec. 2007 and originally uploaded by eddiedangerous )

Endangered Peace Dove: An original Banksy, well-renowned street artist, also found in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine (photo taken in May 2008 and originally uploaded by hazy jenius ); Note: for a news report on this, click here

Street Art: Christmas (Part 1)

Quoted from wikipedia:

Street art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to art of an illicit nature, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Typically, the term Street Art or the more specific Post-Graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art.

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Subway Greeting: Shot taken in London, UK (2006); Originally uploaded by daveknapik

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Tough Santa: pic taken in Montreal, Canada, 2008 (originally uploaded by Christian et Cie)

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Sneaking Elfvis: part of a series of graffiti art found in the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, 2007 (originally uploaded by Robyn Gallagher)

Holiday Satire: a stenciled message taken in Norwich, UK, Dec. 2007 (originally uploaded by Simon_K)

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Elf by street artist Box. (taken in Jan. 2008 in Bristol, UK; originally uploaded by Box.)

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Wheatpasted art by street artist Kriebel (taken in Dec. 2007 in London, UK; originally uploaded by Kriebel)

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Statement on Consumerism: taken in Jan. 2008, somewhere in Canada (originally uploaded by sin against nature)


Snow Sculptures (Part 1)

Quoted from arttalk.com

As kids we remember making snowmen and the challenge of making bigger and better ones than the neighbors. No matter what age, everyone seems to love the adventure of creating a jolly, rotund man with stick arms, a carrot nose, Dad’s old hat and last year’s muffler. Well, why not get a little more serious about your endeavor? Snow and ice can become creative art materials that are free, plentiful in most areas and loads of fun to work with. Take one step past snowmen and make something on a grander scale, something unique…

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“Kiss me!”: An entry for Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China in 2005 (flickr pic originally uploaded by MattinChina)

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Ice homage for the Vimy Memorial: shot taken at the Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg, Canada in 2007  (flickr photo orginally uploaded by thr33d)

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Japanese ice castle: part of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan in 2008 (flickr pic originally uploaded by Christopher Chan)

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Abstract Snow Sculpture:an entry for the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado, 2007 (flickr pic originally uploaded by TinDenver)

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Pushing an Ice Cube: an entry for the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Competition in Valloire, French Alps, France in 2007 (flickr pic originally uploaded by mayadelic)

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Split Faces in Snow: part of the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Grindelwald, Switzerland (flickr pic originally uploaded by congochris)