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Team Russia

TEAM RUSSIA

Aleksei Moskalev, Svetlana Tutanova, Mikhail Erushev

Introduction

Tell us about your team; who are you and where do you come from?

We are the team that consist of architects, who share common interests in fine arts crafts. All of us are born in Russian city of Novosibirsk.

However, at the moment we are based in different countries, chasing our careers. Svetlana got her master degree in Swedish city of Lund, and currently working in Stockholm; Mikhail is based in Novosibirsk and having an occupation as a chief architect; Aleksei is starting new job in Düsseldorf after finishing a course in Frankfurt.

Team History

How long have you worked together? What are your team’s greatest achievements?

We had to know each other during professional collaboration as well as during participating art events and workshops in our hometown.

The first time we performed as a snowsculpting team was in 2011 in Sapporo snow festival in Japan. That was a fantastic event to be involved in so we joined it in 2012 once again. That would probably be the highest level of competition we attended as a team. In recent years we were mostly commiting to personal projects, but all of us are looking forward to perform toghether again.

About Snow Sculpting

How did you end up carving snow and what is best in snow sculpting?

At some point we just decided to give it a shot, and we really enjoyed it! Even though, it is quite a hard labor, hard but very satisfying. It is an amazing feeling to engage in creation process from figuring out the concept to making final touchups on a piece itself. Sculpting process requires a lot of focus, concentration and discipline, one has to pay the price for mistakes made.

Snow as a material is quite interesting as well, it is more forgiving than stone but yet not as flexible as clay. Another interesting quality of snow sculptures is their limited life span, ephemorality maybe that is the fact that densifies experience of creating or observing one.

What is more that might be the temprorary nature that keep the door open for new creation to come and new expirements to take place. Another this is, the accomplishment of the work happens much faster if to compare to architecture, we certanly enjoy this fact too.

Baltic Snow Call!?

What do you expect from Baltic Snow Call?

First of all our team is really excited to be the part of this event. We expect to see a lot of skilled and creative people, long working hours side by side with them, as well as all sort of unexpected things that might happen.

We are anticipating to see the works of other teams as well as present one of our own. It is definetely a big challange both physical and mental, but we are looking forward to it. On top of that, all the events we attended, had very welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

Participation at snow sculpting is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, exchange experiences, it is very emotional stimulating!