The making of snow sculptures

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.

  • 1

    Snow Collecting

    Clean snow is collected at snow dumping sites around Sapporo.

  • 2

    Snow Piling

    The snow is brought to the sites. It takes approximately 600 truckloads of snow to make one large snow sculpture.

  • 3

    Scaffolding Assembly

    Scaffolding is erected and the hauled snow is piled up using large heavy machinery.

  • 4

    Foundation Building

    Once piled, the snow foundation is laid down and left to settle for a few days in order to stabilize the snow.

  • 5

    Rough Sculpting

    After the snow is stabilized, the rough sculpting process is carried out.

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    Detailed Sculpting

    Afterwards, the detailed sculpting process is started.

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    Night Work

    Fine detailing is done at night.

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    General Completion

    The snow sculpture is almost complete, but the real work begins now.

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    Finishing Touches

    The detailed finishing touches are carried out by adding parts that were prepared in advance.

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    The snow sculpture is now complete and ready to be enjoyed by everyone.