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There’s no business like snow business for sculptor Justin

A tree surgeon from Driffield and his friend from York finished ninth in an international snow sculpting competition that saw the pair create an interactive sailing boat using snow from the Austrian Alps.

Justin Scott and Martin Sharp were competing in Shapes in White in Ischgl.

Their entry, a snow boat known as Unsinkable 2, attracted lots of positive comments from the judges and was voted the ninth best when the competition concluded last Friday (13th January).

Last year, Justin and Martin secured fourth place in the competition with a double decker bus-sized sculpture of Eddie the Eagle, designed to pay homage to British ski jumper Michael Edwards.

This year’s entry was a simpler design; however, it allowed people to sit inside it and imagine they were sailing the boat through the mountains surrounding it.

Justin and Martin said they were not disappointed that the risk they had taken with this year’s design had not paid off with a top five finish.

As the only British competitors, the pair went in as underdogs, with the lack of snowfall in the UK meaning they rarely get the chance to practice their snow sculpting skills.

“We’ve had such a great time and I’m really pleased to have made a boat on the piste with teammate Martin,” said Justin.

“We knew it would either rocket forward, gracing the slopes or crash and burn. But seeing people interact by climbing on board and hiking out on our snow sculpture put smiles upon everyone’s faces.
“It’s not all about the winning. We’ve had a blast.”

Now the competition has finished, Justin and Martin are getting ready to create another masterpiece from snow, this time in Sweden.

In less than two weeks, they will be competing in the Kiruna International Snow Sculpture Competition, recreating an abstract bronze sculpture of the human form, made by Justin.

The competition forms part of the Kiruna Snow Festival, which features a range of winter activities including figure skating, dog sledding and the Snow Blower World Championships.

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