As ice art grows in popularity all over the world, contests and competitions to see who can carve the most spectacular ice sculptures take on a whole new level. Carvers from a wide range of countries across the world flock to ice festivals and events such as the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska to see who can create the biggest, most intricate, most dazzling, eye-catching, realistic or simply staggering ice sculpture – with some incredible designs emerging as a result of these competitions. Some of the most memorable sculptures have included the following breathtaking works of art, all created in ice:
‘Flame in the Wind’ by Vladimir Zhikhartsev and Sergei Loginov
The winner of the 2002 World Ice Art Championships in the abstract single block category was the incredible Flame in the Wind sculpture. This carving features flowing lines, and uses coloured light to add special effect – resulting in a work of art much like any abstract painting or sculpture, leaving you to ponder its meaning as you admire the finely chiselled effect of this beautiful and memorable carving.
‘Mysterious Pearl’ by Junichi Nakamura, Shinichi Sawamura, Dan Rebholz and Derek Maxfield
With its ethereal seascape theme, and intricate design, it’s easy to see why Mysterious Pearl placed as a second place winner at the 2006 World Ice Art Championships in the multi block realistic category. The impact that this ice carving has is immense, with a huge amount of detail across the design – from the flow of the mermaid’s hair, to her swaying tail. The playfulness and timeless appeal of the sculpture adds yet another dimension, resulting in an exquisitely carved creation that is sure to go down in history as one of the most beautiful ice pieces every created.
‘Blue Ring Octopus’ by Junichi Nakamura and Heather Brice
Another work of art from Japanese ice artist Junichi Nakamura (who worked with American artist Heather Brice) won the 2010 championships in the realistic single block category, and for very good reason. Blue Ring Octopus is a masterpiece in detail, realistic touches and beautifully polished finishes that make it one of the most spectacular ice sculptures on the planet.