Thai ice sculptor earns Japan praise

Ice sculptor Alongkorn Teamcharoen won an honourable mention at the 2013 World Congress of Ice Sculpture competition in Asahikawa, Japan.

                      The Thai entry HOME NO.9. Photo courtesy of the Thai Team.

His abstract work Home No9 was entered in the individual category, which had a total of 31 entries. Masahiko Kenmotsu from Japan won in this category with his work "Ocean".

It was the first time Mr Alongkorn, from Hua Hin, had taken part in this competition, held from Feb 6-11 in the shopping district of Askhikawa, Hokkaido. He earlier took part in an ice sculpting competition in Harbin, China.

Supot Tanprasertkul, who led the team of three in the competition, said the Thai team had practiced a lot but it was difficult to work in the cold weather, with snow falling and the temperature as low as  -19 Celsius.

Home No 9 is an abstract work, expressing the idea that if there is peace at home then the world will also have peace. 

Mr Alongkorn said this competition was very tough as he had to compete with world renowned ice sculptors in difficult weather conditions.

The competition was held in the open and attracted passers-by, adding to the pressure, he said. 

Mr Alongkorn was impressed by the friendship and support he received from Thai people living in Japan and the Japanese people.

The winning entry Ocean by Japanese sculptor Masahiko Kenmotsu. Photo Courtesy of the 2013 World Congress of Ice Sculpture.

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