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January 08, 2011 | General

4,500 lb block of snow transformed into impressive sculpture

January 8, 2011 (Edmonton, Alta.) – Using only hand tools, four sculptors from China are braving the weather to transform an 8 ft. by 4 ft., 4,500 lb block of snow into a work of art at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). The sculptors are part of the Ice on Whyte festival and are visiting from Harbin, Edmonton’s sister city in China.

The sculpture will represent images from the Beijing Opera and will remain on display outside the terminal at EIA into next week, weather-permitting. As the first snow sculpture of this year’s event, this piece launches Edmonton’s Ice on Whyte Festival as well as celebrating the 25th anniversary of the twinning of Edmonton and Harbin.

“EIA is proud to support Ice on Whyte, one of Edmonton’s premiere winter festivals, and one of the annual events that have made Edmonton Canada’s Festival City,” said EIA President and CEO Reg Milley. “As the gateway to the world for the Capital Region, it’s fitting for EIA to host an event that features our sister city Harbin, while also creating winter excitement and an atmosphere that enhances the airport experience.”

EIA partners with 50 community organizations including the Ice on Whyte Festival. These partnerships create a fun, vibrant experience by bringing live performances, interactive activities, and artistic displays to the airport terminal to promote Edmonton’s many festivals and special events.

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