World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks Alaska 2011. “Tight” by Antti Pedrozo & Kimmo Frosti. Hard and technical
Fairbanks is home to the World Ice Art Championships, one of the largest ice sculpting competitions and exhibitions on earth. From its beginning in 1988, the World Ice Art Championships has grown to a month-long event featuring more than 70 teams from around the world. 45,000 visitors come to the Ice Park to see these intricately carved masterpieces.
The theme for this year’s World Ice Art Championships is “A New Beginning.”
This year, the event is in its third year at its new home at the George Horner Ice Art Park. The new twenty-seven acre park is centrally located in the city of Fairbanks, Alaska, and contains a large on-site pond which easily produces the over four million pounds of “Arctic Diamond” ice—exceptionally clear, thick ice—used by the sculptors.
Near the pond there is a large designated Kid’s Park which features a whimsical set of slides
and sculptures. In addition, there are ice mazes, a skating rink, an “ice stage” for various performances and a food concession area. Ice carving competitions include the Single Block Classic, the Multi-Block Classic, the Amateur Open Exhibition for novices to try out their skills, and the Youth Classic for high school students.