Thai artists shine at Japan snow sculpture competition

Thai artists shine at Japan snow sculpture competition

This picture shows the 'Naga Fireballs' ice sculpture which took second spot at the Sapporo International Snow Sculpture in Japan on Wednesday. (Photo: Government Public Relations Department)
This picture shows the 'Naga Fireballs' ice sculpture which took second spot at the Sapporo International Snow Sculpture in Japan on Wednesday. (Photo: Government Public Relations Department)

A team of Thai ice sculpture artists were runners-up at the Sapporo International Snow Sculpture in Japan on Wednesday with their artwork inspired by the Mekong River's mystical nagas.

The Thai team participating in the four-day event on Hokkaido Island consisted of Kusol Boonkorbsongserm from the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok and two independent artists, Amnuaysook Srisook and Kritsana Wongtes.

Their sculpture, Naga Fireballs, drew inspiration from Buddhist art and northeastern Thai reverence for nagas (serpent-shaped deities).

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Thapanee Kiatphaibool said the team's sculpture represents Thai culture and traditions in a world-class event while also helping promote tourism in the kingdom.

Mongolian artists won first place for their Warmth creation, which portrayed a fox sheltering a human baby from the cold weather in a cuddle. The event organiser described the sculpture as "warming the heart, with a calm feeling even when it is cold".

Securing the third position was a team of South Korean artists from Daejeon, with their sculpture Harmony.

Thailand has participated in the competition since 1991, and in that time, ice-carving teams from Thailand have won top three prizes on nine occasions and were crowned grand champions for three consecutive years, a record no other country has beaten.

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