Winners At Winterlude’s National Snow Sculpture Competition

by NationTalk on February 14, 20081266 Views

February 12, 2008

The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the Ville de Gatineau, is pleased to announce the winners of the Winterlude’s National Snow Sculpture Competition, which began on Tuesday, February 5, and ended Saturday, February 9, at noon.The following winners, as determined by the jury, were announced today at 4 pm at Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park:

First Prize: Quebec team

The Quebec team is comprised of team captain Guy Beauregard (Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur), Mélineige Beauregard (Montreal) and Philippe Léger (Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur). Guy Beauregard began snow sculpting in 1994, and has sculpted all over the world in sand, ice and wood. He and his daughter, Mélineige, have participated in numerous international competitions, and took first prize at competitions in St-Jean-Port-Joli and Jonquière.

Sculpture entitled: Mon Pays, c’est l’hiver (My Country is Winter)

“My country isn’t a country, it’s winter. It’s the snow, a gust of wind and the winter cold. My song is my life… alone, I cry out before I am silenced. To everyone on earth, my house is your house. Inside my four walls of ice, I make a place to prepare the fire, a space for the people, for humanity is my race.”

Inspired by the song by Gilles Vigneault, “Mon pays.”

Second Prize: Nunavut team

The Nunavut team is comprised of team captain Paul Malliki (Repulse Bay), Matthew Nuqingaq (Iqualuit) and Bobby Eetuk (Coral Harbour). This is their first snow sculpting competition.

Sculpture entitled: From Our Land

The animals of the land have sustained us here for thousands of years. They are an important part of our existence, and are still the main source of food for our people. We have a deep respect for these animals.

Third Prize: Alberta team

The Alberta team is comprised of team captain Brian McArthur (Red Deer), Alain Favre (Red Deer) and Pierre Öberg (Red Deer). Brian McArthur is a full-time visual artist who operates a tile-making business in Red Deer. He has shown his work throughout North America and most recently in Korea. He has produced several outdoor glass and porcelain murals for the City of Calgary. Brian has led snow sculpting teams in the National Snow Sculpture Competition three times: in 2003, when they took second prize; in 2006; and in 2007, when they won the People’s Choice Award. Alain Favre is a Geneva-educated chef and potter whose work has been shown in personal collections across the world. Pierre Oberg’s sculptures have been exhibited all across Canada, as well as in England, Scotland and Japan.

Sculpture entitled: Cardinal’s Vision

It was from the small, quiet prairie city of Red Deer that Douglas Cardinal — a child of Blackfoot, Métis and European lineage — created “St. Mary’s Church,” one of Canada’s most famous pieces of architecture. It was the start of an incredible journey that would eventually lead Cardinal to design what some have called “the most significant building built in Canada, after the Parliament Buildings” — the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

The recipient of the People’s Choice Award, as chosen by the public: Quebec team

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