The title of Grand Champion has again been
bestowed on Thailand’s master ice craftsmen as they produced the
winning entry in the 40th International Snow Sculpture at the 64th
Sapporo Snow Festival, Japan, held during 5-11 February 2013.
This year, there were 11 international teams
participating in the event. The Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT) sponsored an ice sculpting team and entered the snow statue
The Artist from the Wild which represented the figures of 4
elephants, the national animal of Thailand.
The statue depicted
the elephants holding a paintbrush in their trunk and doing a
delicate painting. The act symbolized the amazing artistic skills
of Thai elephants that are in contrast to their size and strength.
The sculptor team included Mr. Kusol
Bunkobsongserm, Mr. Kritsana Wongtes and Mr. Amnoaysak Srisuk.
On this occasion, Thailand also received the
honor by the festival organiser HBC to showcase Thainess at the
Odori Site, HBC Thailand Square. The snow statue of 28x15x21 meter
Wat Benchamabophit or The Marble Temple, sculpted by Japan’s
Ground Self Defense Force, the Northern Army Signal Group and the
Northern Army Logistics Support Unit has been a hit with people
attending the fair.
In the past, Thailand has won the Grand Champion
title 4 times in 2000, and 2008-2010. This is the first time in
its history that a champion has won for the third consecutive
year. The award ranking is as follows:
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