2009 1st Place Winner in the 'Realistic' category
"Surfacing Kingfisher" by Junichi Nakamura (Japan)
and Suguru Kanbayashi (Canada)
Alaskans are positive thinkers. Rather than balk about the weather, they take advantage of it!
A unique treat, nestled each winter in frosty Fairbanks, is the BP sponsored
Ice sculptors from around the globe come to display their extraordinary talents and creativity.
Locals are able to enjoy the displays for a month or so, due to the cold temperatures.
Pristine ice is harvested by Ice Alaska from O'Grady Lake. These blocks of coveted ice measure approx 4ft x 6ft each.
This is where it all begins for the artist...a vision, then a template...before long they will become 3-D wonders.
A crane elevates ice for the single-block competition.
The competition is divide into 2 stages: the small block competition and the multi-block competition. The single block contestants use one 5' x 8' x 3' block of ice while the multi-block teams use 10 blocks that are 4' x 6' x 3' each (see above). The works in progress can be viewed by the public and carving sometimes continues all through the night.
Attached to the competition area is a kid's park with slides; life-size mazes; tunnels and other fun things.
Kid's love trying to get out of a huge saucer made of ice.
But the multi slide that lights up the hill takes the cake for adults and kids alike!