SNOWMASS VILLAGE --Over 48 hours this weekend, teams will transform blocks of snow in downtown Aspen into creative masterpieces in Anderson Ranch Wintersculpt, the traditional snow-sculpting aspect of Wintersköl.
For the past 20 years, Snowmass Village's Anderson Ranch Arts Center has sponsored Wintersculpt. I asked Sonya Taylor, children's and outreach coordinator at the center, some questions about the Ranch's role in the event and what it's like to participate.
Snowmass Sun: How does Wintersculpt fit into the Ranch's mission?
Sonya Taylor: Wintersculpt fully encompasses our mission: This celebration of winter and snow sculpting is a transformative experience that celebrates artists, artmaking, creative dialogue, community, experimentation and growth. It is an event that brings locals, not just artists but teachers, bartenders, business owners and children together to create. Watching the community create beautiful sculptures out of blocks of snow is very inspiring. Anyone with a sense of adventure can do it.
SS: How was the theme Vintage Spirit chosen? What does it mean, or is it open to interpretation by artists?
ST: The theme is the same as Wintersköl 2013. Artists may interpret it however they wish.
SS: How does someone sculpt snow, as in what tools/techniques are involved?
ST: People attack their block of snow in all different ways. From chainsaws to shovels to homemade gadgets, it varies from team to team. The competition begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, and goes until Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Teams have 48 (hours) to complete their masterpiece, and many work throughout the night. It's so fun to walk through the mall during those 48 hours and see these artists at work and to see the techniques that are used. It's not as easy as it might seem. Snow sculpting is very physical hard work.
Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. Jan. 12. Winners receive cash prizes of $400 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.