Littleton residents Nora Giannetti, 4, and her sister Grey, 5, warm their hands on the fire during the 29th International Snow Sculpture Championships Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Breckenridge. (Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post)
BRECKENRIDGE — Instead of a row of sculptures created by teams hailing from across the globe, the 2021 International Snow Sculpture Championship will have one sculpture. Just one.
At the Breckenridge town council work session on Tuesday, Dec. 10, assistant town manager Shannon Hayes reported to council the Breckenridge Events Committee’s proposal to downsize the 2021 International Snow Sculpture Championships due to the temporary closure of a key parking lot, which Hayes said would create “immense” traffic and parking challenges.
Instead, Hayes proposed “World Piece,” a collaborative piece created by a number of participants from previous winning teams.
Rob Neyland, event founder, said the collaborative piece will be located on the north side of the Welcome Center of the Blue River Plaza, rather than in the Tiger Dredge parking lot, helping with parking issues and keeping the sculpture shaded so it can remain on display for longer.
The 2022 event is expected to return to the normal competition format, though Neyland said that the idea of a collaborative piece may become a regular tradition as part of the event in the future. He said there will also be other programming done to commemorate the event and continue the messaging of the piece.
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