Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ice Sculptures Festival, Zwolle

Last Friday we drove to Zwolle in order to visit an exposition of ice sculptures. The festival has been widely covered by the Dutch press, however I have to confess that I first heard of it via Aledys Ver, From Argentina to the Netherlands For Love blog.

Checking the event's offical site, we discover that the temperature at the exposition hall is kept at  -8°C.  That's really cold, especially for the toes and fingers ! We packed shawls, gloves and hats... and the kids though Zwolle was somewhere in the North Pole

The exposition is downtown, and from the trein station or car parking of easy access on foot. We discovered it was market day on some of the streets downtown so we HAD to stop in order to buy some fried fish and roasted nuts. The kids pointed to a "ice sculpture" some meter away and asked me to photograph it (actually it is a glass sculpture in the middle of the market - not sure of the importance of it or whether it refers to the festival.)

Once in the exposition hall I found it difficult to photograph in there, due to different lights coming from several angles. Thus the result below is not the best. There were mythological figures, historical figures, boats, giant octopuses and scary deep sea fishes. Different types of ice were employed. The result is very, very pretty. I know, I know...  it is not the most simple thing of the world to pack your bag and go to... Zwolle, the Netherlands. That's why I share eyecandies here in this blog. Have a look:

This last sculpture refers to the glass winged man wearing a suit I had seen outside downtwon near the market.
For more photos check here - while the link lasts !

Entrance tickets: adult  € 8,50; child:  € 4,50; +65 years old:  € 6,50.  We bought a "family ticket" for 2 aduts and 2 children (5 - 13 years old) for  € 21,50. The Ice Sculptures Festival is open up to 29th January. We parked the car for  €5 euro (the whole day) at the "IJsselhallen" (Rieteweg 4, 8011 AB Zwolle) and then walked to the Rodetorenplein. There are sign boards pointing the way.  And also an ice hotel nearby.
Thanks for the tip Aledys !


Rachel said...


Aledys Ver said...

Very nice coverage of the festival, Anita! Sorry I couldn't come as well.
The glass sculpture in the Grote Markt opposite the St. Michael's Church is the image of ... St. Michael, of course! He's the patron saint of Zwolle. It's been there for just about a year or so, and there was quite some controversy as to whether it was appropriate or not... I still can't decide if I like it or not.

Anita said...
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Anita said...

I like it a lot. Why the controversy ? ArchAngel Michael is also the patron of other cities that were part of the Hanseatic League. His figure and church is very strong in Hamburg too. I still have a copper coin with his image on me which my son got from a machine in the church.

Lily said...

Wow, those look really cool!

Invader_Stu said...

Wow. That is amazing. the shark and the octopus are amazing.