Axes, picks and chisels at the ready, amateur, and professional snow sculptors from across the state will soon brave the winter chills at Rockford’s Sinissippi Park for a battle of art and imagination. In an event that draws 30,000 viewers, each two- or three-member team starts out with a two-and-a-half ton block of snow — six feet long, six feet wide and 10 feet high. Only snow, ice and water are allowed, along with hand tools — no color dyes or power tools. On day one, blunt shapes emerge. Over the next two days they are fine-tuned into wondrous supernatural figures, cartoon characters or moments from history. Hosted by Rockford Park District, the 33rd Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition — weather permitting — will run from January 16 through 19.
Closer to home, sculptures created from ice, not snow, take center stage at downtown Downers Grove’s annual Ice Fest on February 8 and 9 and at Wheaton’s 4th Annual Ice (Cubed) Fest on February 9.Edit Module