Feb 11, 2010 11:25 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Transforming snow into art

Giant snow sculptures have transformed Ely, Minnesota into a winter wonderland.

The Ely Winter Festival kicked off last week.

Sculptors came from all over to turn large blocks of snow into art.

"There were a few teams from Canada, a couple of guys from Russia originally carving from another block and Minneapolis and other areas," said sculptor Chris Koivisto.

Others gave sculpting a try for the first time with an amateur contest.

"I was very excited. I took a picture and sent it to my father. Like --look at what we did, we were so proud! We got something accomplished and we've talked about doing another one next year," said Mara Brogan.

"I'm impressed-there's some real artistry here--and fun!" said Donald and Linda Lucachick.




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