The Great Ice Show is shaping up at The Forks in Winnipeg, despite warmer-than-average temperatures.

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Sculpted penguins are ready to take place in The Great Ice Show in Winnipeg. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Dozens of Chinese sculptors — 40 in total — are carving more than 1,000 blocks of ice into buildings and monuments that will make up a crystal city.

Organizer Andy Zhao told CBC he is "very, very excited" now that his long-term project is becoming a reality.

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Andy Zhao puts the finishing touches on a sculpture for The Great Ice Show. As the organizer, he has been working on the project since 2009. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

"It is like a baby of mine," he said of the ice show, noting that he first started to work on the idea in 2009.

"I flew to Orlando to see their product. But this is the first year we will have real product. We can show them the real dream of what it will look like," he said.

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Sculptors work at The Forks in Winnipeg on Thursday, creating a structure that will be part of a crystal city that opens to the public on Jan. 25. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Ice that will make up the sculptures is being brought in on a truck because the Red and Assiniboine rivers don't have ice that's thick enough yet.

The Great Ice Show opens on Jan. 25 in the city and it costs $25.