11 March 2014

Fairbanks Ice Art Festival: Picture Gallery

Detail of "Guardian of the Deep" PHOTO BY RHONDA Y. KONICKI


FAIRBANKS — Dick Brickley, chairman of Ice Alaska, was a peculiar sight as he nailed up a sheet of plywood showing the layout of the grounds for this year's World Ice Art Championships. Peculiar because he was working outdoors in his shirtsleeves in Fairbanks on March 1. The sun was out, the sky was blue, the winds were calm and temperatures were in the mid-20s.

... Most of the artists involved in the multi-block competition also took part in the single-block contest, which took place a week earlier. Each block measures three by five by four feet, but the challenge for the sculptors is to make them much taller, wider and more graceful. The tensile strength of ice at cold temperatures allows an artist to suspend and cantilever tons of carved ice from very small contact points. For example, "Connie's Spirit," by Edwin Hutchison and Brian Connors of South Carolina, has a larger-than-life angel posed with its feet off the ground.
"Nature's Judge and Jury" PHOTO BY RHONDA Y. KONICKI


"Brick House" PHOTO BY RHONDA Y. KONICKI

8 comments:

PioneerPreppy said...

Ice sculptures are so neat.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed!

Teresa said...

Wow - people can do great things when it comes to art! Amazing. :)

Rev. Paul said...

Very true, Teresa. Glad you liked it!

Cathy said...

Something about ice sculptures . . . all that work . . knowing that it won't last.

These are wonderful. My hubby will appreciate the artistry of that "Brick House." ;)

Rev. Paul said...

I'm glad you like 'em, Cathy.

armedlaughing said...

SURE...
No close ups on the Brick House!

:-)

gfa

Rev. Paul said...

Sorry, Guffaw, but I can only pass onto you what they provided in local media. :)