Category: Art


Letter I: Ice Sculpture

IEach year, from late February through most of March, IceAlaska hosts a kids’ park (ice slides, climb-on ice sculptures, ice mazes and skating rinks.) The same venue plays host to the BP World Ice Art Championships. These slide shows display the 2014 competition pieces.

The Single Block competition gives teams of 1 or 2 people a single block of “Alaska Diamond” ice, roughly 8′ x 5′ x 3′ harvested from O’Grady Pond Too. Heavy equipment is used only for the initial placement of the block. Power tools may be used, and the teams are allowed 2 1/2 days to work. Only the ice, ice shavings, and water (as glue) may be part of the finished sculpture.

 

The Multi-Block competition gives teams of up to 4 people 10 blocks of ice, each roughly 6′ x 4′ x 3′. (The 3′ in each case may vary; it’s the thickness of the pond ice.) Heavy equipment and skilled operators are available to move and stack carved and uncarved ice. The teams have 5 1/2 days to work.

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This is a Test

This is the first time I’ve tried to embed a slide show. All are this year’s ice sculptures, and most have been on my blog before, but this is primarily a test of the gallery feature in WordPress. This show includes the Governor’s Choice, the four winners of the Artists’ Choice awards, and the four First Place winners, along with my personal favorite, which took 4th place in the realistic category. Click on any image to get to the slide show.

The main problem at this point seems to be getting in the names of the artists. They’re in the description field, but you may need to scroll down on the slide show photos to see them.

Ice Art: 2nd and 3rd place Multi-block

These are the second and third place multi-block winners at the World Ice Art Championships.

Second Pace Realistic: Soul of the Moon. Sculptors Jinichi Nakamura, Japan; Shinichi Sawamura, Japan, Todd Dawson, and Ara Hidenobu, Japan.

Soul of the Moon

Soul of the Moon

Second Place Abstract and Artist’s Choice award: Gone With The Wind. Sculptors Ivan Zuev, Russia; Eduard Ponomarenki, Russia; Aleksei Tugarinov, Russia and Julio Martinez, Mexico.

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind

Third Place Realistic and Artists’ Choice Award: Adventure Book. Sculptors Tsagaan Munkh-Erdene, Altankhuu Khishigdalai, and Enkherdene Ganbataar, all from Mongolia.

Adventure Book

Adventure Book

Third Place Abstract: Emotion. Sculptors Manu Spmgsro, Sithichai Sutapan and Anusorn Sjongsri, all from Thailand.

Emotion

Emotion

Ice Sculpture

Here’s the first place abstract in the multi-block competition in this year’s World Ice Art Championship. Sculptors are Vitally Lednev, Russia; Marlo Amegee, Monaco, Robert Sparks, USA and Bradley Groszkiewicz, USA.

Heavy Duty Dream

Heavy Duty Dream

And first place in the realistic category. Sculptors are:  Victor Dagatan, James Duggan, Jess Parrish and Angelito Baban, all from the USA.

Maidens of Birch Tree

Maidens of Birch Tree

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.

Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale

4th Place Abstract was Peaceful Flight, sculptors Stan Kolonko and Jerry Perun, from the United States.

Peaceful Flight

Peaceful Flight

5th place Realistic was Lunch, sculptors Tsagaan Munkh-Erdine and Enkherdene Ganbataar, from Mongolia. This piece also won Artists’ Choice in the Realistic category.

Lunch

Lunch

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

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.

Teaching Breaching

Teaching Breaching

2nd Place Abstract: Windy Day. Scultors Vitaliy Lednev and Sergey Loginov, Russia.

Windy Day

Windy Day

3rd Place Realistic: Conformity. Sculptors Steve Brice and Heather Brice, USA.

Conformity

Conformity

3rd Place Abstract: Flight to the Sun. Sculptors Eduard Ponomarenko and Aleksei Tugarinov, Russia

Flight to the Sun

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

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

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.

Tuesday’s Ice Photos

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 plane?

There’s more than one mode of transportation: how about a biplane?

Ice helicopter

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 schedules.

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.

A slide with a couple of gorillas guarding it.

A Few Ice Photos

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 of the other side of the bowl.) Looks like a horse head to me.

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.

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.

There’s always an ice train, large enough that children can get into it. I don’t think I’d fit.

The Ice Park is Coming!

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.

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