ICIUM Wonderworld of Ice is a winter entertainment park built in Levi, Finland from ice and snow. The first park opened on 18 December 2010. The park showcases both ice sculptures and snow sculptures in an area of about 1 hectare (2.5 acres).
ICIUM is built by Chinese ice sculptors from Harbin city, where the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival has been held since 1963.
More than 10,000 cubic metres (350,000 cu ft) of snow was used in the construction of the first ICIUM in 2010. The builders also lifted over 600 cubic metres (21,000 cu ft) of ice from the Ounasjoki river to make the sculptures.
Structures in ICIUM
The main attractions in ICIUM season 2010–2011 were:
- Great Wall of China slide. The biggest snow building, the Great Wall slide was 15 metres (49 ft) high and 80 metres (260 ft) long. More than 5,000 cubic metres (180,000 cu ft) of snow went into its construction.
- Helsinki Cathedral. At 15 metres (49 ft) high, the Helsinki Cathedral, along with the Great Wall slide, was the tallest snow buildings in ICIUM.
- Helsinki Central railway station.
- Pagoda. The green pagoda was the tallest ice sculpture in ICIUM, at over 15 metres high.
- Temple of Heaven.
- Beijing National Stadium.
- Terracotta Army. Ice sculptures of terracotta soldiers.
Chinese folk artists
Folk artists from Beijing were also in ICIUM to show how to make traditional Chinese folk arts such as straw weaving, snuff bottle painting and dough sculpting.
Mingming, a baby panda from Bamboo Fairyland, is the mascot of ICIUM. In his first adventure, Mingming tries to save his home from an evil dragon, with the help of Grandpa Reindeer Niila, baby reindeer Nina and Santa Claus.