Ice Sculpture Tradition / Ritual in Mudewei | World Anvil
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Ice Sculpture


Ice sculpture takes many forms.  

By Hand

  The disparity of temperatures between liquid water and Stenza skin causes ice to form spontaneously when the two make contact. Therefore careful manipulation of a stream of water can be used to create works of art. However, catching one's fingers tends to make for a funny story to share later, especially if someone asks.  


  Another popular medium is naturally-occurring Rime. A common Migration pastime is to manipulate the formation of rime ice to create art. This can come in two forms, and the division between the two seems to come down to personal preference.   The first method of creating a rime sculpture involves stumbling upon a tree or other object covered with the substance, taking a blade, usually dulled, and scraping some off. Rime on Mudewei tends to be tenacious, and so instead of smooth lines, this results in a sort of uneven "fuzzy" effect considered to be highly prized. The negative space created by moving the rime off the tree (for example) creates a stark dark/light contrast which seems to be the basic premise behind creating the sculpture.   The second method involves the above mentioned "by hand" method of creating ice sculpture in order to form a "base" to which the rime can cling. Generally this requires weather forecasts pertaining to the fog in the area, leaving the "base" out for the freezing fog to reach, and finding rime clinging to it after the fog has passed. The shape of the base dictates the shape of the resulting rime sculpture, and in this way it is seen to add to the visage presented by the rime in the forest.


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Oct 31, 2020 22:43 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I have some really nice images of the Stenza creating these sculptures. I love that they can do them by hand!

Nov 1, 2020 01:13

I've got nice images, too. I've been toying with the idea of using this to create Christmas decorations. (Once they discover the holiday, of course)