Friday, February 29, 2008

No Sabotage At Ice Sculpture Championships

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Cheating is not an option at one cool competition.

The 18th Annual World Ice Art Championships are currently taking place in Fairbanks, Alaska, where 60 teams are displaying large-scale ice sculptures built out of 7,800 and 5,400-pound blocks of ice.

Teams are given three to six days to complete their arctic art, with winners being chosen tomorrow (Mar. 1) and again on March 8.

According to spokesperson Mary Gauvin, the contest brings out the artist in everyone, including the chefs and surgeons who compete, with some more determined than others to take the prize.

But the event stays friendly, mainly because it’s too hard to ruin any one else’s sculpture.

Gauvin says, “There are definitely hardcore sculptors, but sabotage is pointless because if a mistake is made they just pour water on the ice and it will freeze again like nothing happened.”

This year’s theme is “Celebrating the North,” with most sculptures depicting arctic animals at play.

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