When comparing to traditional buildings, how are these large snow sculptures, which are about four to five stories tall, made?
We will take a close look at the process of making the large snow sculptures for the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Clean snow is collected at snow dumping sites around Sapporo.
The snow is brought to the sites. It takes approximately 600 truckloads of snow to make one large snow sculpture.
Scaffolding is erected and the hauled snow is piled up using large heavy machinery.
Once piled, the snow foundation is laid down and left to settle for a few days in order to stabilize the snow.
After the snow is stabilized, the rough sculpting process is carried out.
Afterwards, the detailed sculpting process is started.
Fine detailing is done at night.
The snow sculpture is almost complete, but the real work begins now.
The detailed finishing touches are carried out by adding parts that were prepared in advance.
The snow sculpture is now complete and ready to be enjoyed by everyone.