ice magic carvers create coolness at lake louise

Working with massive blocks of ice, two-person teams from around the world were given 34 hours to create one-of-a-kind sculptures at the Ice Magic Festival at Lake Louise.

Using chisels, knives, chainsaws, even household irons, the carvers worked through the day and into the night to chisel and grind their creations on the theme of Canada - True North. Spectators were encouraged to walk around the sculpting area on the banks of Lake Louise directly in front of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel to see the artists at work.

The sculptors worked through the day and on into the night on their artworks and as the light faded, the ice began to glow with work lights at the competition site, enhancing the already-beautiful natural surroundings.

As the artworks morphed from blocks of frozen water into people, animals and abstract scenes under the trained eyes and hand tools of the sculptors, the day faded into blue dusk as night came on. A countdown clock ticked off the minutes as the sculptors worked into the night.

The carving competition finishes on Saturday, January 21, but the sculptures will remain throughout the Ice Magic Festival which wraps up on January 29.

Photographed with the Canon EOS M5 and various Canon and Tokina lenses

MIKE DREW ON THE ROAD

A LITTLE EXTRA

JANUARY 20, 2017

Photographed with the Canon EOS M5

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