Yakutians won at the 2011 “Ice on Whyte” Ice Sculpture Festival in Edmonton, Canada

An artist of Yakutia and the ice sculpture on the famous Whyte Ave. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

An artist of Yakutia and the ice sculpture on the famous Whyte Ave. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Ice sculptors, Fedor Makarov and Alexei Andreev, from the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia. With gold medals in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Ice sculptors, Fedor Makarov and Alexei Andreev, from the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia. With gold medals in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Yesterday on eYakutia.com — English Yakutia facebook page (so, please, follow us on it as well) I have already broken the news about our Yakutian ice sculptors’ victory in the 2011 ice carving competition at “Ice on Whyte” Ice Sculpture Festival in Edmonton, Alberta/Canada. Now I am going to repeat it again:

Woo hoo! Artists of Yakutia, Fedor Makarov and Alexei Andreev, won the ice sculptures competition in Canada! So proud of our fellows!

Legend of the Half Moon, the Siberian ice sculpture in Edmonton, Canada

Legend of the Half Moon

the Russians came...the Russians conquered! the carving competititon winners are Ice Art of Sakha, artists Fyodor Markov and Vladimir Ignatjev from the Republic of Sakha, Russia

Here is what Canadians said about our guys, the Russians came...the Russians conquered! the carving competititon winners are Ice Art of Sakha, artists Fyodor Markov and Vladimir Ignatjev from the Republic of Sakha, Russia

What is the “Ice on Whyte” Ice Sculpture Festival?

It is an annual event named after the famous Whyte Ave in the area of Old Strathcona, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. If to be more precise, it takes place a couple of blocks behind Whyte Ave, on 85th Avenue and 104th Street. Lasts 10 days.

The festival features the ice carving competition, during which an ice carver must show off his/her talent and create the sculpture out of 15 ice blocks only. When the contest is over, the “Ice on Whyte” Festival continues for one more week so giving Edmonton residents to enjoy icy masterpieces.

This year’s event wasn’t exception. The fest’s official website: IceOnWhyte.ca

Fedor Makarov and Alexei Andreev, who regular participate and win prizes at the Harbin Ice Sculptures Festival in China, crafted and presented the ice art called Legend of the Half Moon (see in the above pic).

With it, they earned the Grand Prix and People’s Choice Award. Their were considered much better than Ice Drifters from Canada and the Harbin #1 team from China.

Currently, guys from Siberia are still in Edmonton. Think they are enjoying other ice carvers’ works and company :)

In Yakutsk their ice masterpieces might be seen in the Chochur Muran ice tunnel as well as on the territory of the Atlasovs’ ethnographic complex. Both are located on Vilyujsky Trakt.

Back home to the Siberian city of Yakutsk, they might participate in the construction of so-called ice city initiated by the famous Russian promoter, Andrey I.

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