From January 4th to 7th, the 11th International Collegiate Snow Sculpture Contest was held at HEU having the theme , “Hot-Blooded Youth Keeping Up with Times, Casting Ice and Snow to Dream of the Future”. 55 teams from 7 countries and regions including Britain, Thailand, Russia and Denmark participated in the competition. Beijing Institute of Technology's work, “The Universe” and Thailand TratTechnical University's work, “Sleeping Beauty Cave Rescue Action”, won the special prize. Furthermore, nine works such as, “The Quail in the Cabbage”, won the first prize. The two works: “Sleeping Beauty Cave Rescue Action” and “The Quail in the Cabbage” won the Artist Award. Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Contest and HEU Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee XIA Guihua, attended the closing ceremony and met the 13 overseas team members.
The International Collegiate Snow Sculpture Contest has been held since11 sessions so far. More than 170 colleges and universities from 18 countries and regions participated inthe competition. More than 5,300 Chinese and foreign college students created ice and snow work here, spreading ice and snow culture. More than 680 master pieces of snow sculpture art were born on HEU campus.
Along with the New Year's arrival, the 2019 11th International Collegiate Snow Sculpture Contest also started on schedule. In the three-day competition, 55 teams from China, Britain, Thailand, Russia and other countries created numerous miracles of ice and snow exhibiting exquisite skills.
The team members created life out of snow sculptures giving multiple meaning to ice and snow. The “Friendship across Borders” of Uwen Rachini Vocational College of Thailand adopted, ‘The Sleeping Beauty Cave Rescue Action in Thailand’, as the background. They used animal species to represent that China, Australia, Britain and other countries provided assistance in rescue. While, the wild boar represents the rescued children in the operation. They chose this theme to express their utmost gratitude towards the world. Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts’, “ Lightweight Swans Fly in the Wind”, is a lifelike swan flying stance, meaning that life is wonderful everywhere. Each piece tells us about the mettle of that team, the spiritual core of their country and the cultural heritage of their nation. Let'sget a closer look at the teams and listen to their side of story hidden in the snow sculpture.
Taking Snowflakes, as the Flute Playing the Sound of Spring
About the design concept of ,“The Voice of Spring” of the team from China University of Mining and Technology, the players expressed their idea eloquently, the team captain said, “The prototype of the work is a fisherwoman in the novel. She is hardworking, optimistic and open-minded. We designed a leaf around her. The leaves are working hard to grow up and they are in harmony with the protagonist fisher woman, reflecting the vitality of Spring.” One member put down the snow shovel in his hand, smiled and said, “First design of the work is a two-dimensional drawing, it is difficult to imagine the three-dimensional effect of the work, we can only practice with mud in the simulation stage. Even if we have restored the works perfectly on the mud, we must not make mistakes in the actual operation on the snow and the complication of sculpture is further aggravated by the inability to modify.” In this contest, “The Voice of Spring ” won the third prize and the players said that they will come back to HEU next year to strive for better results.
Whiskey, Lake and Sea
The snow sculptures specially appear crystal clear in the sunlight. In the 32nd position of the competition area, the work “Water of Life”, by the team of the University of Edinburgh of the United Kingdom, is particularly eye-catching. This snow sculpture consists of a whirlpool of swirls, a whirlwind of water monsters and a bottle of small whiskey, full of Scottish flair. Player Lorenzo Robertson explained, “Regarding the theme of Scottish nautical mythology, I tell the story of defending the Loch Ness monster in the Abbe whirlpool, and praise the sailors' brave spirit. It is hoped that this work will show the characteristics of our university and the courage of Scots to fight against the heavens as well as the earth.”
Gwen Machin, a beautiful girl from United Kingdom, is one of the few female players. She is more willing to talk about the feelings that China, Harbin and HEU have spurred in her. The journey of flying from UK to China is unforgettable. “I have gained friendship and happiness here.”
The Vastness of the Sea, the Spirit of the Vast
“The sea is vast and all things on the earth are flexible. The combination of the two constitutes the spirit of the sea”. Captain YIN Chuan repeatedly emphasized that the true meaning of snow sculpture lies not in the exquisite technique, but in the connotation it gives. The Ocean University of China's work, “The Spirit of the Sea”, symbolizes life of women. The waves represent the vast ocean. The huge waves are thick and vast. The women are wrapped between the waves. The hair and the rolling waves are integrated. The magnificence of the waves is combined with the gentleness of the women, which expresses the innumerable ties between man and nature. The team has a total of 4 people and they are the first to use real snow blocks to sculpt. Since, it was their first time facing the real snow sculpture, they couldn't start and could only grope for the sculpture. Partial detailing of the drip cuts requires patience to complete. Sometimes they don't go back until 10 p.m. as they were behind the schedule, the players never put down their tools. “All we can do is to use our heart and persistence. In the face of difficulties, nothing is a problem. The question is whether you care.”
At the end of the International Collegiate Snow Sculpture Contest, 55 exquisite snow sculptures masterpieces are the outcome. University students from China, Britain, Thailand, Russia, Denmark and other countries use their wisdom and sweat to sculpt the dream of youth. Harbin is a magical place during Winter and it is inevitable that you will become fond of the snow and ice; Since HEU Campus is a magical place, home to these expressive speaking, snow sculptures.
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