In December 2019 Wing traveled to Changchun, in China’s Northeastern Jilin Province, to participate in a sculpture symposium. The 4th China Changchun International Ice and Snow Sculpture Exhibition hosted over 100 sculptors from more than a dozen countries to create large, detailed, original sculptures in ice and snow on the massive grounds of the city’s government supported sculpture park. Wing partnered with Jeffrey Ng and his teammates from Singapore, Eric Wang and Edwin Pineda, to create Ghost Forest. Wing’s design of a mother and young orangutang clinging to the last living branches of their decimated rainforest home was created in only four days.
With our team captain out of commission due to an unfortunate back injury, and one team member carving ice for the very first time, we stacked and sculpted Ghost Forest from ten blocks of ice alongside some of the world’s top professional talent.
Some of the most talented ice sculptors in the world gathered for the event. The other creations in the multi block category were beyond impressive. Sculptors including representatives of many regions of China, Russians from Yakutia, Moscow and Khabarovsk, Japanese, Thai, Malay, Serbian, Montenegrin, Korean, Turkish, and ten Mongolians artists made meals and free time exciting multicultural experiences. Wing was the only native English speaker in the group and one of only two artists from the United States.