During the 17th Snow Sculpture Competition in Ischgl, international artists made their snow sculptures, several meters high. The massive sculptures were placed throughout the entire skiing area, where skiers can admire them on and next to the slopes.
This year's theme was "Vicky the Viking (Wickie und die starken Männer)", an Austrian-German-Japanese cartoon series which tells the adventures of Vicky, a 10 years old Viking boy who uses his wits to help his Viking fellows. It premiered on the German TV channel ZDF on January 31, 1974. The script was developed from children's book Vicke Viking (1963) written by the Swedish author Runer Jonsson, who won the German Children’s Book Award for it in 1965. German director Michael "Bully" Herbig filmed a live action adaptation of the series called "Wickie The Mighty Viking". The movie had its premiere on September 9, 2009, in Munich.
The ingenuity and stunning technical brilliance of the sculptors is on show for skiers and boarders to marvel at until the Spring thaw sends the creatures from outer space back home - so that won't be until the beginning of May as Ischgl enjoys guaranteed snow right till then.
The artists had just five days (from January 11 to 15) to hammer and carve their allocated piles of snow into works of art.
Professional sculptors from throughout the world sent their designs to the jury in Ischgl ahead of the competition. The ten best were invited to the elimination stage and to realise their creations. The aim here is to use the submitted sketches to create masterpieces within 5 days in the middle of Silvretta's mountain scenery - using nothing but snow. Wickie fans and snow enthusiasts had the chance to be there, live, and watch the artists at work. The awards ceremony for the sculptures took place last Friday.
The winner was the sculpture named "Let’s go sledging" made by Ivan Holzknecht and Arnold Holzknecht from Italy.
To see the sculptures click here