Snow Sculptures: Finished and Judged

Freezing my rubber duck feathers with a temperature of only 4 degrees, the snow sculptures in Breckenridge, Colorado were the focus of our trip.   I, Zeb the Duck, showed you sculpting in process last week.   Now you will see the winners.   First place to USA Team Vermont with Rhonda and her Recycling Robo-Octopus.

Team Vermont: Rhonda and her Recycling Robo-Octopus

Team Vermont: Rhonda and her Recycling Robo-Octopus

My friend, Tom, is holding me.   Team Switzerland captured second place with Converse.   However, after Saturday’s judging, half of the sculpture fell off.

Team Switzerland: Converse After the fall

Team Switzerland: Converse After the fall

Fortunately, it was after the judging.   My friend, Tom, is holding me so I don’t become part of a snow sculpture.   USA Team Loveland received the third place ribbon with Bolting From Extinction.

Team Loveland: Bolting from Extinction

Team Loveland: Bolting from Extinction

The elements of nature can destroy the best efforts.   Unfortunately Team Germany fell victim this week.     The creation, Metanoia, was progressing nicely last week,

Team Germany: Metanoia

Team Germany: Metanoia

but this week, just a pile of snow.

Team Germany: Metanoia after the crash

Team Germany: Metanoia, after the crash

That is so sad.    We want to show you more snow sculptures.   Team Ukraine presents Love Wins.

Team Ukraine: Love Wins

Team Ukraine: Love Wins

Depicting a fist symbolizing brute force, violence and war, that is stopped by an open palm.     The open palm is a metaphor of peace and love.   The artists hope that peace and love, with negotiations and compromise, will return peace to Ukraine.   Team Breckenridge shows The Widow Maker, referring to the pneumatic drill once used to mine gold.

Team Breckenridge: The Widow Maker

Team Breckenridge: The Widow Maker

My friend, Tom, is holding me again.   Team Great Britain created Tale of Two Dragons.

Team Great Britain: Tale of Two Dragons

Team Great Britain: Tale of Two Dragons

Team Mongolia, Bayanmunkh, sculpted the Lion and Butterfly.

Team Mongolia Bayanmunkh: Lion and Butterfly

Team Mongolia Bayanmunkh: Lion and Butterfly

Thanks again, Tom.   The slide and tunnel in this snow sculpture is great for small humans to play and have fun.

This one is for fun and sliding

This one is for fun and sliding

Remember Budweiser is the sponsor of this competition.   This is by Budweiser, not for competition, just for fun.

Busdweiser, the sponsor, presents this mug

Busdweiser, the sponsor, presents this beer stein.

Mom, I hope you know that I, Zeb the Duck, fell in the cold snow.   Don’t forget me!   Now you know why I am so grateful to my friend Tom.   The snow is cold  and I could get lost in all this white stuff.   All of these are wonderful works of art by very talented artists.    And, the Artists’ Choice Award goes to Team Wisconsin for their representation of Dia de Muertos.

Team Wisconsin: Dia de Muertos

Team Wisconsin: Dia de Muertos

The Colorado Traveling Ducks appreciate all the talented artists, and we will eagerly await next year’s creations.   These are great!   These snow sculptures will be destroyed Saturday evening, so if you have not seen them yet, please hurry!

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