Fairbanks in Alaska can be cold at the best of times, which makes it the perfect setting for the wildly popular World Ice Art Championships. It was first started back in 1988 and has become a celebrated and highly acclaimed annual event ever since. The championships themselves last a month, with individuals from around the world competing to see who can create the most impressive ice sculpture. Around 70 times went head to head this year, carving and chipping out phenomenal sculptures from the ice.
Today we’re featuring 15 of our personal favourites from the ‘Single Block’ category whereby either an individual or duo has to create their chosen design from one block of ice. The restrictions? They get 60 hours and an ice block that measures 244cm x 152cm x 91cm. The rest is down to sheer skill, technique and painstaking effort.
Which would you pick as the winner?
1. MELODY OF FISH SOUL Sculpted By: Aleksandr Parfenov, Mikhail Vasilenko, RUSSIA
2. A SAILOR’S FORTUNE, Sergei Zinner, Viacheslav Maksimov, RUSSIA
3. BULLSEYE Sculpted By: Steve Brice, Heather Brice, USA
4. MOTHER NATURE Otto Magnusson, Lalli Arnason, ICELAND
5. IONKING By: Victor Dagatan, Jim Duggan, USA
6. MEMORIES OF THE HARP Sculpted by: Junko Yanagida, Carl Eady, JAPAN, USA
7.BROS! Sculpted By: Buddy Rasmussen, Stacy Pearson, Realistic, USA 2013
8. THE METEOR FINAL DESTINATION By: Vitaly Lednev, Sergei Loginov, RUSSIA
9. FALLEN Sculpted By: Adam Holt, Dean DeMarias, USA 2013
10. RASCASSE By: Mario Amegee, Jeff Moehlin, USA
11. MERCURY Sculpted By: Jeff Kaiser, Edwin Hutchison, USA
12. OCTOPUS GARDEN Sculpted By: Bradley Groszkiewicz, Allan Bock, USA
13. GLIDING ON THE EDGE Sculpted By: Andrey Koshelev, Evgenii Gorbunov, RUSSIA
14. LOCUST By: Junichi Nakamura, Shintaro Okamoto, Japan, USA
15. MAN O WAR Sculpted By: Chris Foltz, Jilian Howell, USA
Via World Ice Art Championships
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