Social Summit: Snow sculptures under the lights in Breckenridge |

Social Summit: Snow sculptures under the lights in Breckenridge

Carl Scofield / Special to the Daily
Carl Scofield |

Overcast daytime skies can sometimes create a flat light that scrubs out contrast and robs a snow sculpture of its detail. For that reason, the entries in the International Snow Sculpture Championships are often better viewed under the glowing lights that illuminate the works of art at night, creating deep shadows and showing off the pieces’ intricacies.

The judges had their work cut out for them this year in Breckenridge but ultimately crowned Team Lithuania champions in the 25th annual event with their sculpture titled “The Wind of Eternal Change.”

The piece won for its depiction of Noah’s Ark “floating on clouds above a tremendous downpour that speaks poetically of our changing climate and times,” said judge coordinator Jenn Cram, speaking for the five-judge panel.

Germany-Agrawal won the silver medal with a sculpture titled “Yantra,” USA-Minnesota won bronze with “The Tempest” and Mongolia-Tserendash won the prestigious Artists’ Choice award with “On the Way to the Dream,” a sculpture depicting a wave thrusting a boat captained by two indigenous peoples.

The sculptures will remain on display at the Riverwalk Center until Sunday, Feb. 8, weather permitting.

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