A Chicago Snow Sculpting competition at Navy Pier brought teams from as far away as Colima, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Kristiansand, Norway from Wednesday, February 5 through Saturday, February 8, 2014.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, the teams worked from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. each day until Saturday, February 8th. Spectators were encouraged to vote for their favorite sculpture (Crystal Eyezed).
The entry with the most votes from the crowd was voted People’s Choice. Artists voted on the overall best professional entry (Tongue Twister). Third place prize (Death Moth) was $500. First prize was $1,500 and second prize was $1,000. There were also teams from local high schools that received medals at the awards ceremony, held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, in the Family Pavilion of Navy Pier.
First-place winner among the professional snow sculptors was TONGUE TWISTER, by a professional team from Kristiansand, Norway.
Second-place winner was Death Moth, by the professional team from Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
The People’s Choice Award was won by Crystal Eyezed, sculpted by a team from St. Charles, Illinois.
Teams, overall, were from: Detroit, Michigan; Kiev, Ukraine; Franklin, Wisconsin; St. Charles, Illinois; Cerveny Kostelec, Czech Republic; Chicago; Illinois (2); Racine, Wisconsin; Oak Park, Illinois; Pewaukee, Wisconsin; Colima, Mexico; Rockford, Illinois; Kristiansand, Norway (the winner) and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
With temperatures below zero and more snow than nearly any other winter in memory, the sculptures will probably be around for a while in the frigid Polar Vortex.