Ice Alaska 2014 – Small Block Competition


Ice Alaska 2014 – formally, the BP World Ice Art Championships 2014 – are under way in Fairbanks. The single blocks are carved and, when WC was there on Saturday night, being judged. Here’s a sampler of the amazing pieces the artists have carved from a single block of ice this year.

Coelacanthe

Coelacanthe

The sculpture is very impressive, and almost certainly the first lobe-finned primitive fish to appear in an ice carving. Equally impressive, WC heard a passerby correctly identify the unlabeled sculpture, even pronouncing the name correctly.

Dolphin After a Prize

Dolphin After a Prize

Staying with the underwater theme,here’s a dolphin diving on a turtle. WC liked the curved shape of the tail paralleled by the coral shapes.

Breaching Whale and Calf

Breaching Whale and Calf

Another, nicely dynamic sea mammal has a Humpbacked Whale teaching its calf to breach. WC isn’t clear why the calf doesn’t have a dorsal fin.

Totem Pole

Totem Pole

Some of the ice sculptors are experimenting with lighting effects. Here, the sculptor created white powdered ice in a patter and shined a red light on the sculpture. The clear ice mostly transmits the red light; the white powder reflects it, creating the effect seen here.

Finally, there’s a stuff to do besides admire sculptures. Especially if you are a kid. Or can still channel your inner kid. The playground includes this spiffy slide.

The Slide at Ice Alaska

The Slide at Ice Alaska

If you haven’t visited this year’s Ice Alaska, you’re missing a treat, especially in the current mild weather. Highly recommended.