A closeup of the snow sculpture "Swan Song" at the 2008 Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Championships.
I have to admit I don't really "get" this sculpture. The artists' statement says:
The old Shaman beats his drum and calls forth the swan spirit in a last ditch effort to feed his people. This hunt must go well or all will perish. As he dances the bird spirits form from the smoke of his ceremonial fire. Rising and swirling around him, returning to wisps of smoke disappearing above his head.
OK guys, if you say so. It's pretty cool though.
It's amazing what those 4-person teams can do with a block of snow and some saws. They spend up to 65 hours building the sculptures, and it definitely shows.
I'll be posting a few more photos from the contest, but in the meantime check out some more on Nick's blog or the contest winner's list.