World Ice Art Championships
The World Ice Art Championships is an ice sculpting contest in Fairbanks, Alaska put on by Ice Alaska, a non-profit corporation started in 1989. The contest is the largest of its kind in the world and attended by more than 100 sculptors from 30 different countries every year. The contest also draws tens of thousands of spectators; in 2004, 48,000 people from more than 28 countries passed through the park's gates.
Ice Alaska put on its first ice art championship in 1991; it featured 16 sculpting teams and lasted a week. Today the event lasts a month and features 75 teams from around the world. Through 2011, the ice festival took place on a 20-acre (8.1 ha) site across the Chena River from Pioneer Park, which the organizers leased from the Alaska Railroad. In 2012 the event moved to a new location, the George Horner Ice Art Park. Ice blocks are harvested from an 80-foot-deep pond called O'Grady Pond Too; the ice is so clear it is referred to as "arctic diamond". In addition to sculptures on view, the event features a Kids Park sculpted out of ice, including ice slides, an ice maze, an ice rink, and spinning cups.
Single Block Classic
The Single Block Classic is the first and largest event of the championships. In the event, two-person teams work with the ice from a single ice block measuring 5 feet x 8 feet x 3 feet and weighing more than 7,800 pounds (4 tons) and have two days to complete their sculpture. During this event, heavy machinery may not be used. This event is typically sponsored by ConocoPhillips.
In the Multi-Block Classic, teams of four members receive twelve blocks of ice measuring 4 feet x 4 feet x 3 feet and have five days to produce their sculpture. The final creations of this event will weigh up to 20 tons and tower over 25 feet in height. During this event, heavy machinery may be used. It is typically sponsored by British Petroleum.
The Fairbanks Open is an unjudged part of the competition, wherein amateur sculptors work alongside world-famous artists.
|2010||Single||Realistic||Blue Ring Octopus||Junichi Nakamura Heather Brice|
|2010||Single||Abstract||Ice Dancing||Vitaliy Lednev Sergey Loginov|
|2006||Single||Realistic||Beach Walker||Steve Brice Junichi Nakamura|
|2006||Single||Abstract||Fiddler||Vladimir Zhikhartsev Vitaliy Lednev|
|2006||Multi||Realistic||Balto's Charge||Steve Berkshire Mark Johnson Stanley Kolonko Carl Eady|
|2006||Multi||Abstract||Sunrise Over Spring Water||Sergei Zaplatin Sergey Tselebrovskiy Grigoriy Ponomarev Larry Moen|
|2005||Single||Realistic||Leap||Steve Brice Aaron Costic|
|2005||Single||Abstract||Fire of Love||Vitaliy Lednev Vladimir Zhikhartsev|
|2005||Multi||Realistic||Animal Parade||Steve Brice Heather Brown Tajana Raukar Mario Amegee|
|2005||Multi||Abstract||Gateway||Aaron Costic Gregory Butauski Chad Hartson Jeff Meyers|
|2004||Single||Realistic||Colorful Duo||Paul Raukar Tajana Raukar|
|2004||Single||Abstract||The Dance||Jennie Graham James Stugart|
|2004||Multi||Realistic||Dragon Boat||Yan Liansheng Zhang Daquan Ma Yue An Quifeng|
|2004||Multi||Abstract||Michelangelo Hi-Tech-The Creation of Ice Man||Vitaliy Lednev Karen Pless Chuck Carpenter Kathleen Carlo-Kendall|
|2003||Single||Realistic||Graceful Predator||Junichi Nakamura Tajana Raukar|
|2003||Single||Abstract||White Dance||Alexander Zaitsev Regan Dillon|
|2003||Multi||Realistic||Friend or Foe||Steve Brice Joan Brice Heather Brown Tajana Raukar|
|2003||Multi||Abstract||Seed of Promise||Lumir Lang Ben Firth Craig Araquistain Amy Moran|
|2002||Single||Realistic||King of the Sky||Junichi Nakamura Hideshi Terada|
|2002||Single||Abstract||Flame in the Wind||Vladimir Zhikhartsev Sergey Loguinov|
|2002||Multi||Realistic||Leap of Faith||Tajana Raukar Heather Brown Wendy Croskrey Joan Brice|
|2002||Multi||Abstract||Ice Falls||Lumir Lang Ben Firth Tokuji Nakano Craig Araquistain|
|2001||Single||Realistic||A Total Lack of Sharing||Steve Brice Kevin Roscoe|
|2001||Single||Abstract||Enlightenment||Vladimir Zhikhartsev Sergey Loguenov|
|2001||Multi||Realistic||Pretenders||Aaron Costic Steve Brice Marja Pohjoisaho Tajana Raukar|
|2001||Multi||Abstract||The Unison of Love||Sergei Tselebrovski Sergei Bannikh Sergei Loguenov Alexander Zaitsev|
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