When I got to the Mountain Village Thursday morning the big blocks of compacted snow had already been delivered. Telluride's CoolSculpt was underway. On Saturday afternoon, January 16, I went back to see what the artists were up to.
I spoke to Colin Sullivan, who was on hand to turn the Ah Haa School's block of ice into a giant Space Invader, complete with a girl with a handheld controller.
The Telluride Mountain School, last year's winner, had chosen to sculpt a huge mountain sheep ram, and faculty and students were well on their way to making a very realistic ram.
The "D. O. Double-Gs" were putting the finishing touches on their "White Castle."
Over near the base of Lift 4, Team Chicago was carving out a giant wedge of Swiss cheese titled "When the Cat's Away…"
The judging is Monday morning at 9 am, and the announcements will be made Monday afternoon, January 18. The sculptures will remain on view for about 3 weeks, weather permitting.
From the Mountain Village press release: "CoolSculpt is organized and produced by Andy Krueger of Mountain Video Productions LLC with the generous sponsorship support from Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Wells Fargo Bank, S.U.N.R.I.S.E. Inc, Telluride Snowmobile Adventures, Telluride Ski & Golf Company, TCAH, La Piazza and La Pizzeria, Telluride Rentals, AS Horner Construction, and Diggity’s Dogghouse."