Archive for January 13th, 2008

Icy Romance


Rising out of the snow, this magnificent sculpture is the centrepiece of the Ice And Snow Festival, held annually in the northeastern city of Harbin, China.

Called Romantic Feelings, it is a staggering 115ft high and 656ft long – the largest snow sculpture ever created.

It was made by joining together 15ft square blocks of natural ice and snow, taken from the nearby Songhua River, which have been compressed to withstand blows from hatchets, saws and shovels.

600 sculptors from 40 countries have used 120,000 cubic feet of snow and ice to create the Olympic themed landscape – a vista of Russian churches, French cathedrals, Chinese palaces and, of course, an ice Acropolis.

There is even a version of Stonehenge to celebrate the London Olympics in 2012.

At night they are dazzlingly lit by coloured lasers and lanterns, creating a multicoloured translucent display.

Just amazing. Unfortunately…

Harbin, which is in Heilongjiang Province on the edge of Siberia, is one of China’s coldest places and winter temperatures can drop to -35C, which you might think cold enough for preserving snow sculptures.

However, organisers are increasingly concerned about the effects of global warming on this year’s sculptures.

Many of them are melting rapidly in the midday sun and emergency repairs have already been carried out to stop them collapsing completely.

The festival traditionally runs from mid-December to early February, but it is feared that the rising temperatures – last winter it reached a record 6.6C – could see it significantly shortened.

Well, crap. Probably not the most pressing reason to fight global warming, but you can add it to the list.

(h/t the shadowy & mysterious Codename V.)

5 comments January 13th, 2008 at 06:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Environment

The NY Daily News Sportswriters Speak For Me

I’ve quoted NY Daily News sportswriter Mike Lupica a bunch of times, but his coworker Filip Bondy has blogged a pretty good point of his own today:

I turned on the CBS pre-game show, NFL Today, and suddenly I was faced with a bunch of men wearing American flag pins in their lapels. If there hadn’t been a couple of African-American guys in on their conversation, I would have thought this was a Republican debate.

I immediately changed the channel, because nobody hates flag pins as much as I do. I already know I live in the U.S. Nobody needs to remind me. This is the only country in the whole world where rich, public personalities need to confirm their citizenry on a daily basis.

A-frickin’-men to that. I think it’s the same kind of overcompensation that leads men to get expensive sports cars…

4 comments January 13th, 2008 at 02:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Sports

Sunday Mr. Deity Blogging

The aftermath of The First Murder.

From Crackle.

January 13th, 2008 at 12:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Mr. Deity,Religion

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