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Watch: Yellowknifers prepare snow sculpture for Swedish festival


Yellowknifers Niki Mckenzie and Kris Schlagintweit have taken a test run at the sculpture of a Maori goddess they hope to reproduce at a Swedish festival later this month.

Mckenzie and Schlagintweit have been accepted as one of six teams at the Kiruna Snow Festival, held in a town in Sweden’s far north from January 26-30, 2022.

In preparation, they spent the past weekend in a dress rehearsal on the ice of Yellowknife Bay, attempting to turn a drawing of the goddess Whaitiri into a larger-than-life sculpture.

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“If you ever want a really intense brain exercise, try to translate a 2D drawing into a 3D sculpture,” Mckenzie told Cabin Radio.

Video: Luisa Esteban

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