Not all sculptures require metals or cement and not all are meant to last forever. The Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition proves just that as all the sculptures are made entirely out of snow; just in case the name didn’t give it away. That means no interior support beams or any other structural help can be applied.
Teams of 3 have just three days to turn a 6’x6’x10′ block of snow into a work of art. Easy, right? Well drawing a concept might be easy but since support beams aren’t allowed that means that the design has to be able to support itself. In a sense, they’re not just playing with snow but also applying physics and architectural principles into these sculptures.
Every team has different approach on how to begin sculpting their masterpiece. Some dive right into it, some will first draw it out on the snow, and some even make miniature clay models to have right next to the snow blocks as a visual reference. There is no rules to the process, it’s whatever floats their boat… or in this case whatever shapes their snow.
As previously mentioned, the snow blocks are 10 feet tall so you’ll see plenty of ladders around the park as work is being done. This does not mean that the sculpture has to be 10 feet tall, some teams actually trim off a foot or two on the top because their design might not need all that height. Great, standing on an 8-foot ladder in the snow and cold temperatures, as if snow sculpting wasn’t challenging enough already.
Make a game out of it! Go see the sculptures in its early stages and see if you can guess what it will be. The colored outlines on the snow might help you a little bit, almost like a help line. Or you could do what we did and cheat, just look at the clay 3D model. Somebody make us a clay KB Digital sign, please and thank you.
What a Sunday! The 2019 Rock River Anything That Floats (RRATF) race couldn’t have picked a better day… even though the rain delayed the event a little. The river banks were filled with people cheering on the floats and the river was full of boats enjoying the competition from a different perspective.
Crowds cheered on as floats, if someone even qualified to be called that, made their way down the river from the Auburn Street bridge to downtown Rockford. Some of the float designs were minimal, while others were the size of several floats put together. Some of the more unique water crafts included: Thomas the Train, a red single-propeller plane, tiki hut, USS battleship, and a race car.
Check out our gallery for the full album of photos.
Yesterday we covered a sport that we never have before, ultimate frisbee. We showed up to the Indoor Sports Center in Rockford, Illinois, to find the soccer fields full of flying discs. No one explained the rules to us or what to capture but we just jumped into it.
The event was the Elite-Select Challenge of the Triple Crown Tour, governed by the USA Ultimate organization. The parking lots was full of cars with license plates from all over the United States. Once we made our way to the field, cameras in hand, we were thrown into a different world. KB Digital has covered countless soccer, football and basketball games, along with many others, but never ultimate frisbee. We soon realized how the game is played (or so we think) and that helped us better position ourselves to get better shots.
The field has two end zones, and the teams start off at opposing sides of the field. The disc is throw across the field and the receiving team then goes on the offense attack to get the frisbee into the opponents end zone. Simple but fun. While some people may not expect this sport to be extreme…. some of the dives we saw on that field caught us off guard. The players out there were diving to catch that disc and falling flat on their stomachs like it’s life or death. Kudos to ultimate players!