World Ice Art Championships
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This Ain't No Buffet Swan
Every year, ice sculptors from all over the world converge upon Fairbanks, Alaska to compete in the World Ice Art Championships. Artists from Russia, Norway, China, Japan, Korea, the USA, and even Mexico create fantasies out of blocks of ice. Works like this one--Octopus Garden, by USA artists Bradley Groszkiewicz and Allan Bock--are carved from a single block of ice. Other categories include multi-block installations, as well as a youth competition, and an amateur open. The ice art pieces are judged and open for public viewing in March each year. When the Championships close at the end of March, the fences are removed from the ice park, and the sculptures are simply left out in the open on the park grounds to melt when the Springtime sun finally comes.
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