Thai team wins Sapporo snow sculpture competition


BANGKOK, Feb 8 — Thailand’s ice sculpture team has won the 40th International Snow Sculpture Contest at the 64th Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park, northern Japan, February 5-11.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), which sponsored the team, said that the Thai team won first prize, followed by Finland, Indonesia, Sweden and Singapore respectively.

Eleven teams from across the globe participated in this year’s contest which was Thailand’s 17th year in the competition.

Thailand was represented by representatives from two leading hotels: Kusol Boonkobsongserm of The Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok, Amnuaysak Srisuk from the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and Kritsana Wongtes, an independent ice sculpture artist.

The theme of their work was “The Artist From The Wild” which depicts a group of elephants. The elephant is Thailand’s symbol of the nation. They are also noted for their intelligence and memory.

Thai elephants can be taught various skills, including painting, which was unique and seen only in Thailand.