Sunday, February 9, 2003
A message carved in snow
Amateur sculpture contest draws raves from crowd
By TOBI COHEN, Ottawa Sun
FROM Scooby-Doo eating a beaver's tail, to an interpretation of the dangers of cloning, this year's City SnowScapes Snow Sculpture contest ran the gamut from bizarre to breathtaking.
After a week's work, the annual amateur contest ended yesterday with prizes being awarded for best artistic rendering, best political commentary, most enthusiastic team, most innovative teamwork, best dressed team and best overall.
Judges spent the afternoon circulating through Festival Plaza, rating each of the 23 sculptures based on their originality, message and artistic merit.
"I wanted people to have an equal chance," said organizer Debra Beauregard. "They may have a good message but have not executed it as well, or maybe it's not so much artistic as it is original."
Visitors can also vote for their favourite sculpture up until Feb. 16 as part of the Rooms International People's Choice Awards.
While many seemed to favour a sculpture of the Senators winning the Stanley Cup, Beauregard said that sculpture was commissioned by the city and wouldn't be included in the competition.
Other crowd-pleasers included a pudgy bagpiper by the Clan MacNicol Society and a space-themed sculpture by Gamma Ray Productions.
For some of the creators, the message was integral. For instance, a sculpture called Lost Fathers, Lost Children, aimed to spread the word that divorce and custody disputes destroy families.
This year's theme -- Ottawa shows its colours
12 Point's Note:
Some Comments from Passers by......
Every single person we talked to could not believe the number of fathers suicides a year.
That is not a big surprise.
Some teenage boys walking by looked over and said, "You got that right."
A couple of older ladies said, " I don't agree with that, and this is not the place."
Several fathers that were there with their children stopped to talk, and one brought his children up for a picture.
A couple of students, from Africa and Kentucky, who are studying canon law in Ottawa, praised the efforts and prom,ised a prayer.
A couple of young women said, "Maybe if they paid their child support they wouldn't have a problem."
FYI, I spoke at length to a Journalist while at the Ice Sculpture dedicated to Fathers who have taken their lives, and their children who will forever more be, terribly damaged, and this Journalist was very interested in doing some in-depth reporting.
Will be forwarding data to help bring this issue of Men Killing themselves due to Male indifference and outright bias in our Divorce courts across the land.
I will be focussing on the men in the past few years who have left their "Suicide Notes" and "Death Bed Condemnations" of our Federal institutions that had aided in the breaking of these men down to the low ebb of despair and death.
Mark Dexel, Andrew Renouf, Darrin White, David Bengert.....just a very few of over 3,200 men each year, May you Rest in Peace.
Any of you out there who know of others, please alert them to our cause to ensure their Male relative's death will not go unnoticed, nor will his life have been in vain.
Same goes for any children who would like to come forward and tell their story of loss of their Father due to Suicide. How the Divorce and Custody issues had affected their innocent lives.
To those in the various Groups of concerned peoples, please forward this information to all of your contacts, and lets get this unacceptable level of Death by Suicide, and lack of concern by our Elected officials to the fore.
Again, many thanx to Ken Johnson for his fine artistry and generous time, Kris Titus and her son Shawn for trekking once again to the Cold Capital, from S/E Ont., to Dan Caroll, Norbert, Wilma and Guy.
No doubt, this little message will become an annual reminder, and I would like to propose that we have a permanent Memorial commissioned and installed in Ottawa for the Lost Fathers, the Lost Children.
"From Small things PaPa, Big Things One Day Come
Photo of Snow Sculpture can be seen at http://www.angryharry.com