Team Newfoundland and Labrador — Winterlude National Ice-Carving Championship

Sculpture title: Qalipu

Carvers: Steve Watson and Jonathan Watson

Location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Qalipu reflects the past and present history of Newfoundland-and-Labrador. Determination, courage, and equality are needed to live on this land and to survive the harsh environment of the North Atlantic, while working towards reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples. Like the emblematic values of excellence, friendship and respect of the Paralympics and Olympics, the sculpture implies that these qualities are an equally essential part of those living in this province. With decades of experience in ice carving, the Watsons sought to inspire unity and challenged themselves with the biggest piece they have ever worked on.

On the left, a fish seems to be surfing on a wave. In the middle, indigenous symbols and several hands together symbolizing the Olympic values are engraved on the side of a mountain. On the right side is an oil platform.

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