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Ice Drama

Film Friday:

Camera: Rolleiflex; Film: Kodak 120, Tri-X400


Ice Carvings at Night

Sea Turtles
Dragon & Knight
Let’s Dance
Raven


Ice Alaska 2021

The World Ice Art Championships are back at Ice Alaska in Fairbanks. The event is a competition in single, double and multi ice block carving. The work is always stunning, and impressive. This year is no different. These photos were taken on a beautiful 30F plus degree day. I’ll try to get some night shots later in the event.


Big Ice on the Block


“Kaktovik” – Polar bear on whale carcass, with raven looking on


“War Path”


“Hades’ Hound” – technically not a ‘big block’, but I’ve always had a soft spot for hellhounds

I have not been out to Ice Alaska of late, but with the warm temps, I’m sure most of the carvings are now stumps of ice sitting in puddles. In fact, the past two days have seen temps stay above freezing. That is the first time since recording began, that Fairbanks has seen consecutive days in March stay above 32F degrees.


Sea life in ice

World Ice Art Championships 2019


Octopus or Kraken?


Titled “Jump for the Ocean”, the artist calls for mankind to start caring for our oceans


Surf Battle


Catch & release ?


Diver meets mermaid


Pisces


“The Cutest Dragon”

World Ice Art Championships 2019:

This carving won first place in the two-person carving competition. The artists, Junichi Nakamura & Hiroaki Kimura are from Japan.

I must admit, it is the cutest dragon I’ve seen in Fairbanks.


The Dragon at night


“Jenny 1”

World Ice Art Championships 2019:


The Jenny 1

Another multi-block contestant. This carving is modeled after Ben Eielson’s Curtiss JN-4D, which now hangs from the ceiling of the Fairbanks International Airport.


Jenny 1 Night Flight


“Valhalla”

World Ice Art Championships 2019:

One of the multi-block entrants, entitled “Valhalla”.


Hard Evidence…

… that wood frogs freeze in the Alaskan winters


Ice Alaska

The World Ice Art Championships has returned to Fairbanks. The Ice Park opened on Valentines Day. I checked it out the other day, but the vast majority of the sites had blocks like the one pictured above. No carvers were working when I stopped by.

Fairbanks is known for its crystal clear ice, which the carvers love to use. There will be single block, double block and multi-block carving contests. Plus, there are single carver and two person carver events. I’ll stop by a few more times after the carving is done, and everything on display.

The “luge” track, set up for the kids, looked particularly fast.


An ice outhouse: as long as there is a styrofoam seat…

The Ice Park is located at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds, and is open 10am to 10pm, until nature melts the carvings.