On the Channel Island of Guernsey, there exists a famous international hub for modern day sculpture. The Artparks Sculpture Park show over two hundred contemporary sculptures every year. The place hosts nearly a hundred artists from all across the globe. This artistic sanctuary was the brainchild of Charles Saumarez Smith BE, who was the director of the National Portrait Gallery at the time of its establishment. The park was founded in 1998 by Peter de Sausmarez through his own finnancial means. Among many of the artists who have exhibited at the Artparks Sculpture Park, famous personalities include the likes of Marie Ackers, Dawn Benson, Paul Riley, Kenneth Potts and Barry Sutton.
Open everyday from 10am to 5pm, the park is a beautiful place to bask and relax in the ambiance of contemporary art and sculpture.
Ever been an artist in the winter? It can get pretty difficult for the average man, but for the participants of Winterlude, ice sculpting is just the beginning. Headed by Canada’s National Capital Commission, the festival made its way into popular culture by the 1980’s. The annual festival along with its ice sculpture competition is held at Ottawa, Ontario. A sister festival also occurs yearly at Gatineau Quebec. The sculpting exhibition is usually held at Confederation Park, better known as Crystal Garden. Each year hundreds of sculptors (professional and amateur) will showcase their craftsmanship for the whole world to see.
Aside from the competition, there are also other events like musical concerts, canal skating, and snow sliding. Best to catch them this year at Ontario for a great winter experience.
Ice Sculpture Photography by Colin Henein