Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ice Is Nice

Friday night John and I visited the World Ice Art Championships, an annual event here in Fairbanks. We have ice carvings all around town through the winter, and they are a delight.

The weather has been unseasonably warm, a bad thing for ice carvings. On Friday it was we had a high of 46ºF, a freakishly high and wrong temperature for this time of year. During the day the organizers wrapped Tyvek around the sculptures and stashed dry ice around the 'regular' ice.

One of the best things about the Ice Park is the Kid's Park. Slides, mazes, tops, and other fun things for kids and non-grown-ups to enjoy. If you were presented with a slide 20 feet tall and over 60 feet long, all of ice, would you be able to resist? Yeah, I didn't think so.

I'm a lousy photographer, but I tried to capture shots of the sculptures I liked. The link above has pictures and web cam links. The link below goes to my Picasa album of our time in the park this year, I hope you enjoy the pictures. Oh, Michelle - I took a picture of the penguins just for you. :)



Shawn Powers said...

Michigan Tech has an annual ice sculpture contest that is amazing to see. It's one of the memories from my past that I wish was still stuck up in my head for nostalgic review...

Like Alaska, MTU seldom lacks in snow and ice, so the sculptures are often immense and elaborate. I've seen photos of entire ice castles created in one 24 hour span. It's amazing how talented some folks can be!

Janiece Murphy said...

I liked the dragon.

Michelle K said...

Wow. Amazing.

The penguins were cool (HA!) but with the lighting, the chameleon was amazing looking!