All aboard! Life-size Alaska Railroad Engine No. 85! Sculpted for the Ice Art '97, it was large enough for two adult engineers up top.
Founded in April 1990, the Ice Alaska organization is truly volunteer driven. It is powered by over 90 committees, a nine member board of directors, and over 450 volunteers. The 2011 event will host over 100 ice artists representing upwards of 40 countries. The result will be over 100 competition and exhibition pieces and the ever-expanding playful ice attractions in the Kids Park.
Who volunteers? Individuals from the communities around interior Alaska, neighborhood businesses, and major corporations. Every year, as many as 25 volunteers travel up from the lower 48 states and have come from as far away as Australia. Volunteers provide the talent and energy to put on the largest sculpting competition in the world. The contribution of time and energy by volunteers is an integral part of Ice Alaska’s successful presentation of the BP World Ice Art Championships. The over 90 committees manage everything about the event from the ice harvest, communication, registration and feeding the visiting artists, to the financing, marketing and publicity for the event. Ice Alaska conducts year round fundraising in support of the event.