World Ice Art Championships
As is often the case after a devestating fire, we have found shortcomings between what we lost and what can be replaced with insurance and what's left in the current budget.
This fund is specfically to help suppliment the cost of producing the 2017 World Ice Art Championships.
Inside the building that was lost, was stored all the webcams, routers, and equipment used to produce the live feeds during the competitions. As well as tools for the sculptors, shovels, sleds, and a host of compters, printers, used by sculptors, and support volunteers.
Also covered each year with our annual event budget is food for volunteers and artists, lodging, and equipement rental.
Before the fire, the Ice Park was set to open February 20th with the Kids Park, followed by the first of four competitions to begin February 27th. These plans have not changed. We have made commitments, and we will host our event!
This coming year is special because, 2017 BP World Ice Art Championships is qualifyer for the 2018 Winter Olypmics Arts Festival.
We thank our friends who are offering to donate their time and tools to help us rebuild. Many are also asking if they can assist us financially, and for that we have set up this GoFundMe accoount.
Ice Alaska and the BP World Ice Art Championships have become a globally recognized event that brings many visitors to Fairbanks Alaska at the end of each winter. Despite the events of these past few weeks, we thank everyone for their continued support.
It really does feel like the closer we get, the faster time moves, and we thank everyone for your continued support!
So, this week, one week before we open the Kids Park, an Ice Playground, we have Mr. Howard Thies with Alaska Dreams, installing temporary shelters for this year's event.
We're also happy to report that despite the sub-zero temperatures lately, progress continues on the ice structures. The maze is almost finished, and several kid friendly slides are finished. Work has also begun on the ice rink.
The opening of the Kids Park is a preview to the competition. The first competition: 2017 ADP Single Block Classic will begin Monday, February 27th.
I wonder what's going on behind this ice wall?
I bet it's going to be aMAZEing!
What a beautiful day today, bright, sunny, and not too cold! The Park was abuzz with all sorts of activity. A crew was down on the pond harvesting what looked like about 200 blocks of beautiful 30inch ice blocks.
The Giant Slide is finished and several kids slides are done, and a bowl. The Team from China are roughing out a new maze.
The lanes are plowed and compacted along the Single Block and Multi Block exhibit routes. They just need to have the individual sites cleaned out.
We're going to have a fantastic event, and we have you our friends and supporters to thank for helping us get the ice moving on this annual Fairbanks tradition!
We thank everyone for their most generous support.
We would like to thank Alaska Dreams Inc, for assisting us with temporary shelters, so we will be ready for the public when we open the Park. Also the assistance of Northern Business Systems, Explore Fairbanks; Eric Buetow DDS; All Transmissions Inc; 2 Street Gallery, Sourdough Fuel
This weekend we found Vitaliy Lednev busy creating a fantastic new kids slide. I'll give you a hint, it's out of this world!
Also this past weekend, we harvested 173 blocks of big beautiful 30inch thick blue ice!
Stop by our website icealaska.com for more details about our building progress.
And keep those donations coming!
Fairbanks has been experiencing sub-zero temperatures all this past week, our lowest day was Wednesday at -52F. This did slow down some of the outside work, but the giant slide was still finished and work is underway on the other Kids Park features.
Above, is a photo of the Ice Castle, by Keven Laughlin. We sure appreciate our hearty cold weather sculptors. And we also really appreciate the generosity of our Ice Alaska Supporters!