150th Canada for High on ice 2017

I built this piece to celebrate the spirit of Canada for the High On Ice festival in Fort St John this year. I have the official logo on the back with 4 geese taking flight. It got pretty warm over the weekend, most pieces didn’t make it until Sunday.

ice geese built for 150th celebration of Canada

ice geese built for 150th celebration of Canada

Sand in Vietnam

I was invited to a very nice event celebrating fairy tales from around the world. I was given Puss in Boots as my story to represent. The challenge was the transformation of the Ogre into a lion, then into a mouse. I really liked the sand, clean and strong. Really liked vietnam also, nice light food and friendly people.

Puss in boots sculpted for sandart vietnam

Puss in boots sculpted for sandart vietnam

ice igloo

We were fortunate enough to have a cold snap in december for a few weeks. I had wanted to do this for a long time. We own an inflatable igloo that we use to make snow igloos, but I wanted to try to make an ice igloo by spraying water on it overnight. It was quite a task but the result was beautiful. It got to about 3/4″ thick when I decided to deflate the balloon. Simple LED light for the red glow.sculpture-ducharme-ice-igloo

Parksville Sand Sculpting Competition

I participated again this year in the Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Championship. I teamed up with a Russian friend Dmitry Klimenko. He is a very talented sculptor. The theme was Things with Wings.

Our idea was to blend the spirit and the mechanic…We use First Nation figure to represent the spirit, surrounded by a steampunk eagle. We called it

“the ghost in the machine”sculpture-ducharme-sand-parksville-2016

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Jesolo Italy Sand Nativity

This year, 3 of us teamed up to create the nativity scene  for the Sultans of Sand 2015.  I worked with Marielle Heessels and Arianne Von Rosmalen. Great sculptors. sculpture-ducharme-sand-nativity-jesolo-2016

Ice in Berlin

I went to berlin in November to work for Karls. I teamed up with Niall McGee from Ireland to render our interpretation of Alibaba and the 40 thieves from the 1001 nights. Lots of ice and freedom, nice event.sculpture-ducharme-ice-berlin-alibaba-2015sculpture-ducharme-ice-berlin-2015

Revere Beach Competition 2015

I had the chance to sculpt in the doubles category in Revere Beach, Boston sand sculpting competition with one a the best sand sculptor I know…Ilya Filimontsev.

"salt of the earth" sculpture by Ilya Filimontsev and David Ducharme, Revere Beach Boston 2015 Photo credit; Magdalena Taber

“salt of the earth” sculpture by Ilya Filimontsev and David Ducharme, Revere Beach Boston 2015
Photo credit; Magdalena Taber

. We ended up winning 1st place and sculptors choice.

Parksville Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Sompetition

I teamed up with Marielle Heessels from the Netherlands for this competition . The theme this year was Heroes and Vilains. We decided to go for a split representation of the iconic Batman and The Joker. One behind nothing without the other.

1st place and sculptors choice.

my better half, sculpted with Marielle Heessels in Parsville BC

my better half, sculpted with Marielle Heessels in Parksville BC

Martin Luther in Tottori, Japan

I was invited to participate in the amazing sand event of Tottori in Japan where Germany was celebrated this year. I was given the task of representing Martin Luther and the Protestant Reform.

inside Tottori Sand Museum japan

inside Tottori Sand Museum japan

The museum is huge and the caliber of sculptors very inspiring. The piece is over 20′ long by 13’high.

Martin Luther and the reform

Martin Luther and the reform

Igloo for JackFrost 2015

We have been thinking for a few years now about building a big igloo as part of the JackFrost Winter Festival. We finally managed to get ourselves a 15′ diameter  inflatable that worked really well. It provided a great sheltered space from noise and weather and the night time visual was magical.

inflatable balloon ready for 2nd igloo

inflatable balloon ready for 2nd igloo

inside the igloo

inside the igloo

igloo is a hit

igloo is a hit