Canada’s famed ‘Hotel de Glace’ pays tribute to Gandhi by installing his ice sculpture

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The iconic Hotel de Glace has put up the ice sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi to mark 75 years of India’s Independence

The ice sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Hotel de Glace
The ice sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi at Hotel de Glace

Ahead of India’s 75th anniversary of its Independence Day, Canada’s iconic ice hotel named ‘Hotel de Glace’ has kickstarted the festivities by installing an ice sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi.

On March 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to mark 75 years of India’s independence. The festivities will continue till August 15, 2021.

The sculpture marks 75 years of India's independence
The sculpture marks 75 years of India’s independence

The sculpture stands at a height of almost seven feet and proudly stands at a prominent spot at North America’s only ice hotel, Hotel de Glace which is situated near Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec in Canada. 

The iconic Hotel De Glace exteriors
The iconic Hotel De Glace exteriors

The pictures were shared on the microblogging site Twitter by the official handle of Indian Consulate at Toronto, Apoorva Srivastava. “Launching #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav, to mark 75 years of India’s Independence, with an ice sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi in the iconic ice hotel,” the post was captioned.

Master sculptor Marc Lepire - the man behind the Gandhi ice sculpture at Hotel De Glace
Master sculptor Marc Lepire – the man behind the Gandhi ice sculpture at Hotel De Glace

The sculptor behind these sculptures of Mahatma Gandhi is Marc Lepire, a Canadian ice artist based in Quebec City. Lepire used nine blocks of ice and completed the sculpture at the location in five hours, HT reported. “To make Gandhi was very exciting for me,” he said.

The interiors of a room at the Hotel De Glace
The interiors of a room at the Hotel De Glace

Hotel De Glace is the only igloo style hotel in entire North America. It was built with 35,000 tons of ice and has around 21 rooms. The property offers an array of facilities like ice bar, snow slides, Nordic skiing equipment, etc. The hotel features majestic snow arches, crystal clear ice sculptures and attracts nearly 100,000 visitors each year.


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