Polar night in Norilsk lit by fireworks
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Polar night in Norilsk lit by fireworks

December 21, 2020

New Year’s sites opened in Norilsk.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. To meet the deadline, the contractor begins preparations in October, when the ice on Dolgoye lake reaches 40-50 centimeters thick. It would have been much more difficult to cut out blocks for sculptures later – by December the ice freezes up to 2.5 meters.

This year the ice figures are dedicated to the heroes of Russian folk tales. In total, about fifty figures were installed in Bolshoy Norilsk, all with illumination. ‘Thank you doctors’ ice steles are among them.

After the New Year holidays, it is planned to put another inscription – ‘Thank you’, dedicated to everyone who continues fighting the disease today. It will appear near the ambulance station.

Due to the pandemic, there was no wide celebration of the snow towns opening. But the townspeople can come to the sites at any time, go downhill sledding, take pictures with the ice figures.

This year, the snow site of the Central District has been replenished with one more item for a photo shoot – the LED figure of the Swan Princess has become a decoration. The illumination of the towns will work around the clock until February.

At the snow towns opening, the Norilsk residents were pleased with fireworks.

Text: Maria Sokolova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

December 21, 2020

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