World Ice Art Championships
The World Ice Art Championships is an ice sculpting contest in Fairbanks, Alaska produced 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 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 begins mid February and, weather permitting, lasts until the end of March, featuring the art and skill of as many as 75 teams from around the world.
Locations: 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. In 2017, after a fire destroyed their main lodge, the Ice Alaska organization restructured to protect the future of the event. Then, in 2018 they reached an agreement with the Tanana Valley State Fair Association and moved the World Ice Art Championships, along with the associated Ice Alaska Ice Park, to the Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds.
Ice Alaska has negotiated with a new property owner to harvest ice blocks and transport them to the new venue; 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 open to 30 contestants. (One Artist and One Block of Ice) Each Artist is provided one block of Ice 6’x4’x3’ (roughly 1,720 lbs) and 48 hours to create a sculpture.
Double Block Classic
The Double Block Classic is open to 25 Teams (2 Artists and 2 Blocks of Ice) Each Team is provided two blocks of Ice 6’x4’x3’ (roughly 3,440 lbs) and 72 hours to create a sculpture.
The Multi-Block Classic is open to 15 Teams (4 Artists with 9 Blocks of Ice) Each Team is provided 9 blocks of ice 6’x4’x3’ (roughly 15,490 lbs) and 132 hours to create a sculpture.
This competition is held during the week of School Spring Break, usually the second week of March. Is open to ~5 to 15 teams. A Team is defined as 1 or 2 Carvers. Available to students in grades 8th thru 12th 2’ x 3’ x 2-3’ block of ice. The Youth Carvers have an opportunity to be mentored by Master Carvers who volunteer with the event to encourage the next generation of artisans.
|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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- "Alaska Railroad helps Fairbanks ice park move to new location". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. June 24, 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Harvest". Ice Alaska. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Ice Park is a draw for Fairbanks families, visitors". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. March 10, 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
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