Thursday’s an open day, so here are the 4th and 5th place winners in the single block ice carving in the 2014 World Ice Art Championships:
4th Place Realistic was Fairy Tale, sculptors Junichi Nakamura and Hidenobu Ara, from Japan.
4th Place Abstract was Peaceful Flight, sculptors Stan Kolonko and Jerry Perun, from the United States.
5th place Realistic was Lunch, sculptors Tsagaan Munkh-Erdine and Enkherdene Ganbataar, from Mongolia. This piece also won Artists’ Choice in the Realistic category.
5th Place Abstract was Queen of the Forest, sculptors Igor Stepanov and Alexey Andeev, from Russia. That’s a mammoth she’s riding, by the way.
Queen of the Forest
Second and third place winners in the single block sculptures at Ice Alaska:
2nd Place Realistic: Teaching Breaching. Sculptors Aaron Costic and Stephan Koch, USA.
2nd Place Abstract: Windy Day. Scultors Vitaliy Lednev and Sergey Loginov, Russia.
3rd Place Realistic: Conformity. Sculptors Steve Brice and Heather Brice, USA.
3rd Place Abstract: Flight to the Sun. Sculptors Eduard Ponomarenko and Aleksei Tugarinov, Russia
Flight to the Sun
There are times I find myself wondering where the dividing line is between realistic and abstract.
The sun will rise at 7:52 this morning, and set 10 hours 16 minutes later at 6:11 this afternoon. (Sunrise is in the future tense only because I switched my posting time to midnight.) The sun is getting higher in the sky, too, 18.6° at solar noon, now. With our snow cover and clear skies the past week, sunglasses have definitely been needed! The days are now lengthening by 6 ¾ minutes a day. The roads are still icy; we’ve had some brief thaws, but on all but the busiest freeways it’s merely polished the ice.
The ice park is open and the judging of the single block competition is complete. The weather has been close to ideal: sunny, with daytime temperatures just below freezing. First Place abstract and Artist’s Choice went to Carnival, sculpted by Ivan Zuev and Nikkolay Stepanov from Russia.
Carnival: first Place Abstract
First Place Realistic went to Love in Motion, by Victo Jagatan and Joel McRae from the United States.
Love in Motion: First Place Realistic
I looked at the multi-block area Saturday, a few hours after the sculpting started, but there was too much heavy equipment running around to get much in the way of pictures. I’ll try again this afternoon, after my first iMovie class.
Here are a few photos of the kids’ area from the second day the Ice Park was open. Again, click for full size images.
There’s more than one mode of transportation: how about a biplane?
There’s an ice helicopter right in front of the plane. Collision imminent?
And one for the adults: a chapel. It isn’t finished yet, but at least one wedding has already been scheduled.
A slide with a couple of gorillas guarding it.
I did get out to Ice Alaska today, and took a few photos. I got a little video of the artists working, too. I’ll use that in the iMovie course I’m taking next month. Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the kids’ park. Click on the photos to enlarge.
I think this is supposed to be the head of a dragon. (At least there’s a dragon tail on the other side of the bowl.) Looks like a horse head to me.
Peacock? Nice carving, anyway.
There’s always an ice train, large enough that children can get into it. I don’t think I’d fit.
No, the ice park isn’t open to the public yet, but it’s being constructed. The slide, mazes, and various other ice projects are being built, and this video shows a little of the action.
My earlier post had iPhone photos only, as I forgot to pack the connecting cord for the Cannon. Here are a few photos I took November 4 near Ithaca, New York, walking or with the car stationary.
These are in the order they were taken.
Lake Cayuga closer
Again, Lake Cayuga is in the background.
Back yard 11-14-13
In Alaska it’s above freezing (rare for this time of year) and we had mixed rain and snow last night — enough that schools are closed again today, driving is extremely hazardous, and power is out rather spottily throughout the area. (Mine went out around 1 am and came on just before 7. ) My regular station is off the air — lacks power to broadcast, according to their e-mail — and the ones I could get were intended to be music. I did manage to get a bit of news around 7 which was all I heard about school closing, the fact that many traffic lights were out, and the widespread local power outages. I’ll add an up to date shot of my yard with the current storm when it gets light enough to take a picture, just for contrast and “Why did I fly home?” The water content of the snowpack has actually increased a lot more than the relatively minor increase in depth would suggest, and the wind and the warm temperatures (it was actually above freezing when I took the picture) have pretty well removed the snow from the bushes.
Yesterday the sun shone in Ithaca, and my brother-in-law took my suster and I for a drive to see the last of the autumn leaves. It froze hard last night, so leaves were falling fast, but there was a little color left. I took about half of the photos with my iPhone (for which I remembered to bring the cable) and half with my Cannon, for which the cable is back in Alaska. I thought I’d share a few of the iPhone photos.
Most of the iPhone photos were taken through the windshield while the car was moving.
On the streets of Ithaca. Notice how many leaves are on the ground.
Road on the west side of Lake Cayuga.
The double wedding ring is a classic pattern of the early 20th Century. My parents had a double wedding ring quilt on their bed, though it was coming unstitched by the time I inherited it. Sadly, it was one of the things I lost in the fire. This one is a slight variant on the usual pattern, in shades of gray.
Double wedding ring with checkerboard alternation of centers.
These aren’t quite traditional medallion quilts, but they’re close.
Flower garlands are the theme in this quilt, but each block uses a different pattern, and the center differs from any of the surrounding blocks.
This could be described as a single diamond medallion. Note the combination of curved and straight lines.