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Art Around The World: Ice, Ice Baby!

January 22, 2021

We may all be staying home and keeping safe while we continue to fight COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we can’t check out and learn about some of the world’s most amazing art displays and festivals. Come back to xyzanews.com often, so you can check out our ongoing series featuring some of the most unique and wonderous art displays from around the world.

First up, an oldie, but a goodie. Check out how one of the world’s biggest ice festivals awe the people who visit every year.

China: Harbin Ice And Snow Festival

Rincewind42 from China [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Have you ever seen an ice sculpture? Perhaps at a holiday party, on display at a hotel, or a wedding? Well, ice sculptures are pretty cool (pun very much intended!) pieces of art that you can’t actually treasure for a long time because … well … they melt! That’s why when the largest ice and snow festival takes place every year in Harbin, China, millions of people flock to China’s Ice City to check it out before the amazing ice displays disappear. But what exactly makes the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival one of the four largest in the world? Well, months before the opening of the festival, approximately 200,000 cubic meters of ice are cut out of the frozen Songhua River. Each block of ice, weighing an average of 1,500 pounds each, is then dragged to the site of the festival where teams of artists from around the world work on creating their icy masterpieces. (If you’re wondering how much 200,000 cubic meters is exactly, just think about an Olympic-sized swimming pool and multiply that by eighty and that’s about how much ice was cut out of the Songhua River for this festival.) From snow sculptures standing over a hundred feet tall to ice sculptures of magnificent castles and grand staircases to other fun displays like slides made of ice (yes, you can actually slide down them!), it’s no wonder that millions of people from around the world visit this festival every year.

Have you ever been to a fun and unique festival before? Tell us all about it by emailing editor@xyzanews.com with photos and captions!