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What We Wednesday
Chinese Ice Festival
^Trends: Vintage Airstream
In 2010, it seems that all
■ things trendy are vintage. We’re
bringing back high-waist pants,
handkerchiefs, and now, vintage
airstream trailers—which are pop
ping up in a variety of reincarna
tions. One of the most interesting
is El Cosmico a self-described “part
vintage trailer, yurt and teepee hotel
and campground, part creative lab,
greenhouse and amphitheatre.”
Comprised of a variety of refur
bished vintage trailers, eco-shacks,
teepees, and tents, El Cosmico
provides a unique hotel experiment
complete with an elm grove of ham
mocks, outdoor kitchen, and wood-
fired hot-tub. This earthy place
also offers sewing, art, and cooking
classes, and is home to music festi
vals each year. Located near Marfa,
Texas, El Cosmico is definitely an
interesting retreat. Visit elcosmico.
com for more information.
Another reincarnation of
the airstream trailer comes from
Wondercraft—a portable boutique
ancLarts studio founded by Beth,
Jenifer, and Kimberly. From
their refurbished trailer (named
Stella) they sell handcrafted goods,
provide craft supplies, and teach
art classes to students and shop
pers all over the United States.
Visit thewondercraft.com for more
A final, sweet reincarnation
of the airstream trailer is the Enjoy
Cupcakes travel trailer. Enjoy Cup
cakes is a sweet cupcake bakery,
and they have refurbished a trailer
to make their cupcake sweets porta
ble. Targeting weddings and private
events, this trailer brings hundreds
of cupcakes wherever they might be
wanted. Visit enjoycupcakes.com
for more information.
Poetry: Dallas Clayton -
As an English major, I love words.
In fact I even collect favorites,
writing them on slips of paper,
in journals, on post-its; they’re
everywhere. Dallas Clayton is
also a collector of words, and he
thinks about their meanings in
such unique ways. On his blog, he
posts short poems that juxtapose
interesting words and images. They
always leave me thinking about
things in a new way. Here’s one of
How do they decide
is worth knowing
and what isn’t?
Like why is the monarch
the only t>q)e of butterfly I
And when did I even learn
Good, isn’t it? Read more of his \
work at dallascla>'ton.com
Have things you love that you’d
like to see included here?
email them to herald@meredith.
Krishna Chagarlamudi, Staff Writer
Since Januaiy of 1985,
the Chinese Ice Festival has taken
place annually in Harbin, China.
Harbin has an arctic climate due to
its location in northeastern China.
Therefore, there is an abundance
of snow and ice. According to
travelchinaguide.com, Harbin is
considered China’s “ice and snow
art” cradle. There, skillful artists
construct magnificent sculptures to
put on display. Thousands of peo
ple from around the world travel to
China to attend the festival, and it
has become one of Harbin’s biggest
This festival is a derivative
of the Ice Lantern Festival. The Ice
Lantern Festival originated in the
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) when ice
lanterns served a practical purpose.
Although today the sculptures are
complex and require skillful crafts
manship, the lanterns made in the
past were basic and easily made by
many. According to Cultural China,
water was poured into a bucket and
left to ft'eeze. Once it was nearly
frozen, the bucket was heated
slightly in order to remove the ice
from it. Once removed, the top of
the ice block was chipped away to
remove the unfrozen water inside.
A light was placed in the hollow to
form a lantern. This lantern was
extremely practical as the light
inside it was not easily blown out.
Therefore, fishermen and farmers
alike were able to carry it around.
Cultural China notes that people
who were not able to afford to
buy a lantern during the “Spring
Festival” or the “Lantern Festival”
would simply make ice lanterns.
The first Ice Lantern Festival took
place in 1963 in Harbin. Then,
only ice lanterns and ice flowers
were on display. Eventually, due
to its popularity, it developed into
the Ice Festival that is hosted every
Ice sculptures in the
festival represent monuments
not only in China but also from
around the world. This year, trav-
elguidechina.com says the Great
Wall of China and the Egyptian
pyramids were among the many
sculptures that represent famous
and unique architectural works.
Over many years, this cultural
phenomenon has evolved into an
arena for international cultural
awareness. Artists from around
the world gather in Harbin to
participate in the festival, and it
is no longer exclusive to Chinese
artists and sculptors as it may have
been during ancient times. The ice
lanterns have been on display in
various countries in Asia, Europe,
and North America. As the festival
expands, it integrates new aspects,
such as sports, to appeal to a wider
audience. Today, sports like ice-
skating and sledding have become
popular features of the festival.
Who knows how it will develop in
the next twenty years.
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