The World Ice Art Championships took my breath away. (And not just because it is – still – THAT cold.) These photos are just a few of my favorites from the “single block” portion of the competition. We’ve been three times for a few hours each time, and still have yet to see all the sculptures.
The level of detail, grandeur, imagination, and the end product — it’s enchanting.
But to me, the most beautiful and inspiring aspect of the event is that artists from all around the world come to Fairbanks in February to freeze their buns (and finger tips) off in a dedicated, intense, furry of tractors, ice axes, and chiseling tools. They spend the entire year planning, and then toil for three days and nights to create something so beautiful — and so fleeting.
Such a selfless art.
I’m inspired by people who use their gifts to make the world more beautiful. Even if the beauty lasts only for a few magical moments in time, it sustains.
PS – These pictures are thanks to Mitch, Deb, and Nick who went out on a FROSTY, ice, cold, night and literally had to take the pictures while holding their breath.