Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fairbanks, Alaska Ice Art Park visit - 2012

Jaguar stalking porcupine
I went to the Fairbanks Ice Art park yesterday, where the 2012 BP World Ice Art Championship was recently held. Some nice sculptures there, but I can’t say that I agree with the judging--except for the first place in the multi-block competition. The first place winner, of a jaguar stalking a porcupine, was head and shoulders above most other entries.

Whale breaching

The judges seemed to grade more for technical ability and rococo ornamentation than good design and aesthetic considerations. To my eye, entries with complicated designs and lots of curly cues and do dads won over simpler designs, even if those simpler designs were more artistic and were finished just as professionally.  For instance, the whale sculpture pictured to the right (which I thought was superb) did not even place.

Photos of the multi-block entries can be seen at the Fairbanks Ice Art website. Hopefully photos of the single-block entries will be added.

Crystal swan

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