I’m always amazed at people’s creative talent, especially in the beaux-arts, since I can barely draw a stick man. But to create something breathtaking, knowing its days are counted, may be the most selfless act an artist can make. Sure, he or she is admired, but for a short time only. Most artists, painters, sculptors, and surely writers, create for themselves, and for others, but also to be remembered, for a bit of immortality. But some create only for the first two reasons. These artists, such as those in the Harrison Hot Springs Sand Castles in BC, or the Ice Carvings of Winterlude in Ottawa, ON, perform for the love of it, and often in harsh conditions. As I said, amazing.