News for January 2019

January 21, 2019 16:18
Mayor’s special prize to go to Yakutsk
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov

The winners of the 6th open competition of Russia’s Ice and Snow Sculptures Cup “Winter Vernissage”  received their prizes at the closing ceremony. The team from Ryazan for the second time won the top prize of the competition and the special prize from the Major of Perm City went to the team from Yakutsk. 

A week ago the Ice Town in front of the Theatre-Theatre became an open-air workshop for 22 sculptors who, following a competitive selection, came  to Perm to participate in one of the  Russia’s most prestigious ice sculpture competition. For 5 days the residents and guests of Perm could watch them working on ice  cubes - a difficult yet a very unique material.

January 18, 2019 was the final day for the festival participants form Russia, Singapore and Malaysia to give a  finishing touch to their  sculptures. The total of 11 sculptures  reflecting Japan as a  general topic were erected in the Ice Town, each team presenting its own interpretation: the Chinese team produced  a Japanese anime figure from the  1970-1980s,  the team  from  Saint Petersburg  presented an ice theatre and the two brothers from Ryazan created  bamboo  bushes rising the frozen water.

On January 19, the professional jury headed by Yuri Lapshin, undertook a 2-hour close examination of the sculptures looking both at artistic level and techniques. 

The evening closing gala of the competition was joined by the Mayor of Perm City Dmitry Samoilov, Perm Region Minister of Culture  Vyacheslav Torchinsky, the Vice-Chair of the Perm City Duma Alexey Gribanov and the  Chair of Russia’s Sculptors Union “Yedinenie (Unity)” Alexey Tyutnev. 

“We were looking forward to holding the 6th Ice Sculpture Cup. This time it was held in a new venue and under difficult weather conditions; however,   you all proved  again you can create a miracle. We will be looking forward to hosting a new Cup in two years  from now  and already started  to think of something exciting to do in the meantime”, said Dmitry Samilov, handing over his prize – a set of special instruments to work with ice – to the contestants from Yakutsk  Pyotr and Roman Petukovs (sculpture “The Guardian”)

The Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky sent his address to the participants of the contest which was presented by the co-chair of the jury, Maria Sparzhina, head of Arts Department at Russian Ministry of Culture.

“This unique projects has grown into an important cultural event not only for the Perm Region but for the whole Russia. Moreover,  this competition has won a world’s recognition with the professional artists, making Perm City one of the “ice capitals” of the world”, the address says. 

The closing gala then made public  the names of the winners and prizes. Yuri and Vladimir  Mistyukov  from Ryazan became  the second time  Cup winners with their sculpture “One Swing of a Blade”. The second prize went to Ivan Zverev and Vadim Parkhomenko from Saint Petersburg  (“The Ice Theatre”) and the third  - to Andrey and Nokolay Kokorin  from Yekaterinburg (“Tokyo: Technology and Tradition”). The prize in memory  of Nikolay Polukarov was awarded to  Nataly and Arseny Beloborodovs (Perm-Moscow) for  their “Giant Sumo Players”.

Starting January 20, 2019  the Ice Town will open up the ice gallery for the general public who will be able to take a closer look at the sculptures  and choose their favorites joining the Internet vote at  #ЗимнийВернисаж (Winter Vernissage)  

The competition is organized jointly by the administration of Perm City, the Russia’s Sculptors Foundation “Yedinenie” (Unity) and is sponsored by the culture ministries of Russia and the Perm Region.  The competition is part of the “Perm Period: the New Time” Festival.

Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Фото: Виталий Кокшаров
Фото: Виталий Кокшаров
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov
Photo by Vitaly Koksharov

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