“Tuque and Boots” Promotional Sculptures
Buy your own “tuque and boots” sculpture to promote your business! The size of the sculpture is 4′ x 4′ x 2′. The sculpture can either be on Provencher Blvd. ($350+GST) or at another location ($400+GST). Order your sculpture now by filling out the order form.
Sculptures in Voyageur Park
Together a team of sculptor work to transform Whittier Park into what will become, for the duration of Festival du Voyageur, a magical place called Voyageur Park. The sculptors manage, every year, to transform 450,000 ft3 of snow into a winter wonderland. From the moment you set foot in Voyageur Park, you are greeted by a gigantic sculpture reaching up to 50ft long and 18ft high. A little further, you’ll come across a fantasy land for the adventurous little ones who aren’t afraid to make the most out of a refreshing winter day!
Sculptures in Winnipeg
In the month leading to Festival du Voyageur Winnipeg metamorphoses into a city-wide outdoor gallery. Sculptures can be seen all over town and are a friendly reminder that Festival du Voyageur is just around the corner. Every year, Festival’s sculptors create unique pieces varying in style and size, bringing life and joy to the then hibernating neighbourhoods. Every resident or visitor that passes by one of these sculpture witnesses a unique creation that will be forever lost when spring settles back in.
2015 Sculpture locations
Norwood Bridge (St- Mary’s at Marion)
Provencher at St-Joseph
Provencher at Archibald
Université de Saint-Boniface (corner of de la Cathédrale and Aulneau)
Club Regent Casino (1415 Regent W Ave.)
Bishop Granding and Lagimodière intersection
Main at Broadway
Manitoba Legislative Building (450 Broadway)
Dakota and Bishop Grandin intersection
International Snow Sculpting Symposium
Presented by Air Canada
Festival du Voyageur’s International Snow Sculpting Symposium gives sculptors from around the world the opportunity to express themselves in a spirit of mutual support and cooperation, through a short-lived art medium that has evolved since many generations. Each team is asked to create a piece of art out of a simple block of snow measuring 3m x 3.7m x 3.7m (10’ x 12’ x 12’), inspired by their experience at Festival du Voyageur or simply guided by their own imagination.
Team: Gabriela Farias, Hugo Marcelo Ruíz Caceres, Daniel Enrique Álvarez, Adriana Liliana Oplanich
Sculpture: Vientos del sur
These are the changes that transform our geographical location, the winds are an important part of our lives, warm and heavy. They mark every moment by opening a door that leads to the summer in the Argentinian Chaco. We live in extreme temperatures that reach up to 50 degrees. Translating this heat into the snow is like leaving a mark on this cold, gentle and noble material.
Team: Ivanka Tacheva, Maya Nikolova
Sculpture : Légende
Our concept is a torch that tells a story. A modern shape – with low and high relief, open spaces. The forms get lost but then break through the surface – sometimes in waves, sometimes raised, sometimes almost perforated. This is a dynamic composition – in 360 degrees, it follows from top to bottom. Our goal will be to present this dynamism and to give the impression of a turning form with holes.
The sculpture will have interior lighting illuminating the perforated areas.
Netherlands / Manitoba
Team: Wilco Lensink, Allan Fogg
Sculpture: A February Sun
We propose sculpting a giant letter ‘A’ which bends over backwards as would a gymnast approaching a backflip. Carved within the space enclosed by the giant blocks of snow—massive and graceful—with a little bit of buttressing salvaged from the substantial amount of snow that was removed. Artistically I was intrigued by the effect on our works in snow by the sun— that capricious one who gives our work its life with its light and also its demise with its heat—as it manifested some years back by bringing down with such grace, the towers and oriental minarets sculpted by an Italian team. These vertical elements bent under the influence of the sun to become horizontal without failure. Thus we plan to model a pre-stressed a giant seven or eight metre long ‘A’ as if it had already aged a week in our February sun.
Team: Ramon Masramon Levia, Eduard Casademont Pérez
Sculpture: Origami du lapin
With this sculpture, we transform a small origami paper into a colossal snow sculpture. The paradox called “Rabbit Origami” reminds visitors seeing the impressive snow sculpture that not everything is as logical as it may seem. On one hand, we have the characteristics and meanings of the materials involved in the paradox so common to us all: white paper that we use to make origami gives a warm and intimate space, one hundred percent under our control. We suggest a period of time where you can disconnect from the outside world. On the other hand, snow covered mountains and white valleys keep us alert to the world around us and reminds us of the power of the forces of nature. The paradox is attached to the figure of the rabbit, a docile and friendly animal that enters as a protagonist of children’s imaginations or of comics and cartoons. We are reminded of Bugs Bunny, Bambi and Thumper, the playful and animated White Rabbit of the ingenious in Alice in Wonderland. The rabbit has now turned into a giant monster that defies logic or control.
Team: Anna Lee Harris, Wintersong B. Ramos, Joshua Tyler Knaggs, Sheila G. Bowen
Sculpture: Running with the Wind
A herd of horses is spurred to a gallop when a brave young man decides to prove his strength with an impromptu ride.
Team: Adam Green, Tony Clennett, Cindy Klippenstien, Rory Obrien
Sculpture: Old Yukon Roadside Gas Station
Our piece pays homage to a time and a thing of the past in the Yukon: roadside gas stations. The Alaska Highway used to have numerous roadside gas stations but with the advancement of technology and better roads, these have become ghost buildings and equipment that we speed by.
France / Germany
Team: Fabien Champeval, Friederike Schroth
Sculpture: Searching Sila
For the Inuit, the spirit pre-exists in the material. The sculptor’s duty is not simply to create but to bring the spirit into the light. Fabien Champeval approaches his work in the same way. The sculpture we would like to mount has been broken once in an exposition and now it is waiting for a rebirth. Coming from different backgrounds, art and architecture, we want to share this experience and sculpt this model in snow, giving it a second life and hopefully finding its proper energy, balance and light.
Team: Isabel Santamaria Torres, Carols Andès Anguiano Pantoja
Sculpture: Podrías Estrecharme Entre Tus
The project is a poetic speech based on the life of a relationship between a man and a woman, through the expression of the body language of hands expressing emotions, a loving bond, equity, autonomy, need, and the giving of ourselves with eyes wide open. It questions the need to ask to one another “Could you hold me in your arms, skin and soul?”
Team: Lauri Tamm, Ines-Issa Villido, Kahrut-Silvester Vilbaste
Sculpture: Cool Sounds
Team: Karl Chilcott, Christine Chilcott
Sculpture: Arctic Morning
We want to create a piece of a big arctic landscape: trunks supporting the sun creating a large illuminated space. The fragments of different trunks are associated with a Japanese Mikado game, a metaphor for the fragile balance of our world. The forms and the design of the surfaces create a never ending game of light and shadow measuring daytime by the sun. Visitors will get a feeling of an ancient forest of petrified trees. Other people may see classic Greek columns put off balance by time, climate and weather.
Team: Laura Medinilla, Mariana Romanelle, Mario Gabriel Fernandez
Sculpture: Nuke Mapu (madre tierra)
The Mapuche, children of the earth, are a South American indigenous people inhabiting southern Chile and southwestern Argentina. These people live in the moment in a cyclical way between nature and their culture. The future can be in the past and the past in the future. They are rooted to the land and have depended for centuries on cycles of seeding and harvesting.
The first signs of winter, indicating the arrival of a new sun, the rebirth of life in a cycle that starts with a purifying and fruitful rain. This sculpture expresses the Mapuche way of seeing the world, this cycle of life that is a permanent dialogue between Humankind and Earth in a reciprocating relationship of give and take.