HARBIN: The Malaysian team has won the third prize in the 28th Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition in north-east China’s Heilongjiang province.
With the sculpture themed “A Big Catch”, 49-year-old John Yong and his partner, Hotel Istana director Harun Jalil, 47, again made the country proud.
“Although we did not win the first prize this time, what matters is our art work impressed the judges and other participants,” said Yong, who took part in the competition for the 10th time.
“A Big Catch” is a sculpture showing a man catching a swordfish with a fishing net on a bangau, a traditional Terengganu wooden boat.
Yong said the bangau in their sculpture was the perfect feature to show Malaysian culture to the world.
As a regular participant in snow and ice sculpture international competitions and a multiple award winner, Yong will be leaving Harbin for the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan next month.
The Malaysian delegation led by Yong, a sculptor of Sugarcraft Baking & Culinary Academy Sdn Bhd, included sculptor Vasan S. Angalan, 46, and chef Mustaffa Kamal Othman, 32.
Vasan teamed up with Mustaffa for the ice sculpture titled “Different Objects”.
The three-day competition, which kicked off on Monday, attracted more than 40 ice sculptors from 22 teams from 11 countries. — Bernama