Friday, March 11, 2016

A Non-Ural Post!

Yesterday afternoon, we went to the 2016 BP World Ice Art Championships here in Fairbanks. The Single block competition is finished and those are the first ten or so pictures. Work was still being done on the huge ice sculptures. The weather and sun have been making the task difficult and you can see some of the sun blocks that have been setup to block the sun.

My favorite is the ice sculpture of an ice molecule...














Here is the gravel pit on the other side of the parking lot where many of the blocks were harvested from. Gravel pit ice is preferred due to its clarity and lack of air bubbles.

10 comments:

SonjaM said...

Richard, this is beautiful yet ephemeral artwork. Nicely captured. I like the instrument best.
I guess it must be difficult to get some privacy in the ice log cabin ;-)

Unknown said...

Spectacular!

Who wants to place bets that the horseman of the apocalypse melts first? ;-)

RichardM said...

Yes, it doesn't stay around very long. The single block competition is held in the trees to help them stay around for a while.

RichardM said...

There were a lot of them that had collapsed already and some of them had lost pieces due to the warm temperatures.

Learning to Golf said...

The talents some people possess is simply stunning.

RichardM said...

There were competitors from all over the world. And a surprising number were chefs. That struck me as me as odd!

David Masse said...

There was a lard carving competition here recently, stunning artwork.

I can only guess that the lard carvers traveled northwest in search of other media, and stumbled on that quarry ice.

RichardM said...

Lard carving! That's a new one...

redlegsrides said...

Perhaps enter an ice Ural rig next year?

RichardM said...

No, that would be for someone who has a Ural addiction. It's part of the 12 step program.