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Thursday, March 16, 2006

 

World Ice Art Championship

Went back to Ice Alaska to get some night pictures for you poor saps who live in warm climes. Places where the temperature actually rises above freezing in March just aren't meant for human habitation.

Man I hate hot weather, and I mean anything above 65 F. (What's that? About 15-20 C.?) But I won't go off on that tangent. Enjoy the pictures.



The long slide. Even adults were lined up for this one. It might be hard to tell from the photo, but it was built on a steep natural slope. And no, not a sideways slope


The ice is very clear. You can read a newspaper through a flat, polished slab. That characteristic makes the ice art difficult to photograph. The colored lights can really bring out the detail, but for every good picture you get several that just won't turn out. Or maybe it's just me.






Cute piece. The sculptor had has the scale wrong, though. Don't read any further if you don't care. A truck that size would strike a real moose below the knees. His legs would get knocked out from under him and several tons of moose would come directly through the windshield and onto the driver's lap. Happens all the time.

For more photos try these blogs.

http://ossmann.blogspot.com/
Stumbled across this blog. It is a blog by one of the ice carvers.

I could not get a good picture of his working gear thingee, but it was pretty clever. I look forward to seeing what he can come up with next year.

http://squeegie.org/index.php Start here and click previous to see several days worth of pictures. She does close ups, but she is a much better photographer than I am.

And here http://movingnorth.blogspot.com/ Start on March 15th and work your way backward.

I assume anyone reading this saw my other photos on Gone Gaming, but here's the link anyway.

Comments:
The big long slide, is that the one coming off the mammoth's back? I haven't seen the kids' park at night yet. But if it is Manny's slide, then I got stuck halfway down it. It wasn't meant for jeans, I'm afraid.
 
No this slide is the one that was originally in the "keep out" area near the east end of the large block competition.
 
"Cool" photos. Thanks for sharing more of them. The colors are beautiful.
 
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