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Ice Sculpture: The Latest Architecture and News

World's Largest Ice Sculpture Festival Opens in China with Chillingly-Cool Architecture

05:00 - 7 January, 2019
World's Largest Ice Sculpture Festival Opens in China with Chillingly-Cool Architecture, © Shutterstock.com
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The world’s largest ice festival has opened to the public in China. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Heilongjiang, North-Eastern China draws 18 million visitors, marveling at the festival’s spectacular castles and sculptures. In total, the 2019 edition saw 120,000 cubic meters of ice and 111,000 cubic meters of snow crafted by thousands of artists in temperatures as low as -35C (-31F) using swing saws, chisels, and ice picks.

Having begun as an annual tradition in 1985, the festival has gained accolades such as the Guinness Record for the world’s largest snow sculpture (250 meters long and 8.5 meters high). The 2019 festival sees more than 100 landmarks, and ice sculptures by artists from 12 countries.

The Harbin Festival will be open for one month, closing on February 5th. Below, we have rounded up our favorite images of the festival so far, demonstrating that red hot architecture can be cold as ice.

The Record Breaking 31 Meter Tall "Flamenco Ice Tower" Opens in Harbin, China

06:00 - 15 January, 2018
The Record Breaking 31 Meter Tall "Flamenco Ice Tower" Opens in Harbin, China, Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology
Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology

Beyonds igloos, sculptures, and Sweden’s ICEHOTEL, ice is not often seen as building material. An international team of Dutch-end Chinese students and professors from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Summa College, and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) have used the freezing material to construct “Flamenco Ice Tower” in Harbin, China - the home of the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.

Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology + 20