9th Annual CoolScupt Thursday-Sunday
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COOL VISIONS – A block of snow was transformed into a vision of art at a previous CoolSculpt event. This year’s event features two new sculpting locations, at the Oak Street Gondola Plaza in Telluride, and at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village. (File photo)
COOL VISIONS – A block of snow was transformed into a vision of art at a previous CoolSculpt event. This year’s event features two new sculpting locations, at the Oak Street Gondola Plaza in Telluride, and at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village. (File photo)

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Ninth Annual CoolSculpt event takes place from Thursday, Feb. 28- Sunday, March 3 (rescheduled from the Martin Luther King Jr. January weekend) and with two new sculpting locations, at the Oak Street Gondola Plaza, in Telluride, and the Town Hall Plaza, in Mountain Village (next to The Mountain Market). 

The event coincides as well with the Telluride Ski Area’s 40 Days Commemorating 40 Years Celebration.

CoolSculpt will consist of four creative teams sculpting and carving 8’ x 8’ x 8’ blocks of snow into their cool visions throughout the Mountain Village core. Sculpting will begin on Thursday, and the teams will work throughout the weekend to transform their cubes into freestanding works of art by Monday, March 4. Judge Ben Rand (the 2010 Gold Medalist at the Olympic Ice Art World Championships in Vancouver, B.C., returns to judge the event.


The 2013 CoolSculpt Teams 

The Telluride Mountain School Thunderbirds will be sculpting for the seventh time, and are creating “Be the Ball,” an interactive spherical mandala inviting the viewer to sit inside and view the world through its fine attention to detail.The Visual Art students are grateful for the opportunity to create public art on such a large scale and open format”, says Craig Wasserman head wrangler of sculptors young and middle-aged. “Kindergarten through twelfth grade artists and faculty have planned this piece and will proudly work in a zero carbon emission" fashion, working solely with hand-powered tools. Building on previous snow sculpture experience, we aim to push the boundaries of what can be made and expressed through this unique medium. We hope you have a chance to sit within our piece and ‘Be the Ball,’ as we believe that is the state we are all seeking in our combined mental/physical endeavors.” Thanks to Refined Custom Homes for their kind sponsorship of this unique sculpture.

Joe Cannella and his team of “Part Time Slackers” will be returning this year for their fifth consecutive sculpture, called “A Sticky Situation.” Relying on blind faith, luck and short-term memory, this husband-and- wife duo (who won last year’s event) is ready for the challenge. Their sculpture will be displayed at the Oak Street Gondola Plaza. La Piazza/La Pizzaria will be this site’s sponsor.

"The Ridgway Contingent" will be sculpting “Canyon II”. According to team leader Chris Bolane, ”The inspiration for this sculpture comes from the smooth and flowing lines found in nature: the walls of a canyon, a wind blown drift of snow, or the curves of the feminine form.  I also hope it captures, bends, and reflects light in a way that makes the interior volume of negative space seem to change shape.” Bolane, a Ridgway artist and craftsman, who works as a decorative concrete contractor and dabbles in sculpture, works with everything from glass to metal, wood, concrete – and now, snow and ice.  Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank.

A Few Lifties is a finely tuned group of individuals gathered from the Telluride Ski and Golf Co.’s lift department. This Band of Brothers, and possibly Sistas, has decided to sculpt “The GNAR-den Gnome,” who hails from the mystical land of GNARnia. “This gnome is truly a majestic being,” according to the team’s press agent. “Besides being a good skier this gnome is also a good son, and makes sure to call his mother while  riding the most difficult terrain in GNARnia.” The gnome will be gracing the Heritage Plaza, since he is “the raddest skier on the mountain and has the responsibility of reminding all creatures of GNARnia to check him out!”  Sponsored by Mountain Video Productions LLC, Creating family ski movies since 1990.

The Town of Mountain Village team is comprised of an eclectic group of extremely talented and creative volunteers who come together from around the world to create a stunning sculpture designed to evoke imagery of a certain iconic 1960’s sculpture. “Snow Love” is the result, and it’s a fun first-ever effort by this band of volunteers. It’s also CoolSculptUSA’s first version in a smaller 4-foot cube. “We hope the varied sizes of sculptures will lead teams to experiment at a manageable size and later tackle larger cubes,” says CoolSculptUSA organizer Andy Krueger. “The results of their efforts is sure to please the Snow Gods and generate copious amounts of fresh powder.” Sponsored by The Town of Mountain Village! 

The CoolSculpt sculptures will remain in the Mountain Village core for approximately thee weeks, weather depending.

Prizes and cash approaching $2,000 will be divided among all the participants, thanks to a grant from Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, as well as a two-person snowmobile tour donated by Telluride Snowmobile Adventures and great gear from BootDoctors/Paragon Outdoors and Telluride Sports. An awards Pizza Party is generously donated by La Pizzeria on Monday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. Come on by and learn more about our event and how to participate!

For more information, contact Krueger at Mountain Video Productions, 970/728-7008, or  andy@mountainvideoproductions.com  

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