Elton John And Tina Turner Star At Snow Sculpture Fest

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

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Global warming did not stop the spectacular “Shapes in white” snow sculpture event taking place again this year in the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl with music as its theme.

The contest invites artists from all over the world to compete for the title of producing the best snow sculpture and this year they asked the contestants to take their inspiration from the musical greats who have performed in the past 25 years at the “top of the Mountain concerts”.

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It is the 27th year that the snow sculpture event has taken place, and the entries were inspired by music greats who performed, such as Pink, Tina Turner, Elton John and Bon Jovi.

First place was won by the Italian duo Ivan Holzknecht and Armin Rifesser with the sculpture “Guitar and Saxophone”.

In total 10 artistic duos took part with another Italian pair, Ivo Piazza and Reiner Kasslatter, coming second with their Tina Turner tribute. And the third place went to Ralf Rosa and Peter Fechtig from Germany with a “Deep Purple” snow sculpture.

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The jury was led by Andreas Steibl who said: “As every year, we are deeply impressed by the creative performance of the participants and the masterful implementation. This year, the artists once again put one on top and made the choice very difficult for us.”

Every year the sculptors submit designs in the 10 best are invited to attend with the artists getting five days to create their impressive snow sculptures, which are up to ten meters high, in the 239 kilometres of slopes.

And despite global warming, because the sculptures are being shaped mostly over 2,000 metres above sea level, the event has so far happened every year uninterrupted with the sculptures being around for several months for visitors to enjoy.

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