Moscow Kremlin and periodic table: over 50 ice sculptures to appear on Poklonnaya Gora

December 13, 2019
Parks and pedestrian areas

The New Year Ice Moscow Winter Sculpture Festival is to take place in the Russian capital. 28 December till 12 January, Park Pobedy on Poklonnaya Gora will offer over 50 figures and compositions made of ice, created by 150 artists and sculptors from different cities of Russia and other countries.

The festival is themed around the great Russian achievements. The sculptors have been inspired by architectural monuments, scientific discoveries, great works of art, significant historical events related to Russia. A part of the ice works will be displayed in the street. Find the other works inside the two ice pavilions in the Park.

'We'd like to tell festival guests about the most significant, past and present achievements in science and medicine, sports and culture, military affairs and art, as well as the most significant historical events of Russia,' said the festival's author Alexander Kovtunets.

Peter the Great's frigate and Trans-Siberian Railway

You will see the largest objects, namely ice replicas of the Moscow Kremlin and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, on the festival sites dedicated to various achievements.  Over a thousand tons of ice will be used to make them, that is half of all the ice available for sculptors to build Ice Moscow. Some elements of the Moscow Kremlin composition (the Spasskaya Tower, in particular) will be 12 m high. A replica of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour will reach 8.5 m. You will also see the Space composition about the first flight of a man into Earth orbit featuring the first cosmonaut of our planet Yuri Gagarin made of ice.

A periodic table made of ice will represent scientific breakthroughs. Art achievements will be reflected in the Ballet ice sculpture. There will be ballerinas and the great Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky against the backdrop of the ice facade of the Bolshoi Theatre.

Besides, masters will make an ice copy of Peter the Great's Shtandart frigate, a sailing ship that gave rise to the Russian fleet. Also, they will recreate the historical section of the Trans-Siberian Railway with the first steam locomotive, which travelled across almost all Russia.

Moreover, artists will recreate other historical events, namely Battle of Kulikovo, transition of Russian troops through the Alps led by Alexander Suvorov. Sculptors will depict feasts held by the Ancient Rus princes, with the smallest ice element displayed, 15 cm high Prince's cup.

'We believe that the festival will be a great place for family recreation. Photos taken on the background of ice figures will remind of the New Year miracle,' Alexander Kovtunets said.

Exhibitions, concerts, circus shows

Festival venues will be open daily 11:30 am till 10:30 pm, admission is free. A special heated pavilion will be mounted for those willing to warm up after a walk among the ice monuments. There will also be an exhibition space.

Daily, Ice Moscow venues will host concerts, carnival parades, performances and circus shows.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy ice slides, fair amusement rides and swings. In the evenings, 08:00 pm till 10:00 pm, you will hear DJs playing dance music.

It is the fifth Ice Moscow festival, supported by the Moscow Department of Culture. Ice for the sculptures is traditionally brought from Lake Baikal, and the lakes of Yekaterinburg and Arkhangelsk. Past year's sculptures were about Moscow attractions, most beautiful cities of Russia, the Wonders of the World, Christmas legends and fairy tales of different countries. In 2017, the festival featured compositions inspired by the upcoming FIFA World Cup.


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