2016 BP World Ice Art Championships
The Ice Alaska Ice Park will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. beginning February 22nd, and, weather permitting, closes for the season March 27th .
Since the first 1-week event in 1990, the BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska has grown to become a full month long event, and the finest annual ice art competition in the Western World. The kids park and competitions attract over 100 ice artists and approximately 45,000 visitors.
We feature park activities and the Kids Ice Park all month long. We also host four competitions: Single Block Classic, Multi Block Classic, Armature Open and the Youth Classic. The following is our schedule of events. We look forward to seeing you at the Park.
February 22 – March 27: Alaska Airlines Kids Ice Park
The Kids Park, sponsored by Alaska Airlines, is a play ground constructed entirely of ice. It features many interactive and kid friendly sculptures, slides and mazes.
February 22 – March 27: Fred Meyer Ice Activities
We feature many daily activities sponsored by Fred Meyer, including the Slide-A-Mile, Ice Obstacle Mile, and the daily train rides through the Park.
February 29 – March 2: Alaska Digital Printing Single Block Classic
This competition begins 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 29th and ends, 60 hours later, at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday March 2nd. Teams are composed of one to two sculptors. Each team is provided one block of ice measuring 5’x8’x3’. No heavy equipment is used during the competition. Sculptors use hand-tools and light power-tools to construct their finished sculptures some reaching over 10’ tall.
March 3rd at 8:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony for the Alaska Digital Printing Single Block Classic
The finished sculptures are judged under white light at the close of the competition. Come to the Ice Park at 8:00 p.m. and see your favorite artists as they are awarded for their fine work. Then take a walk through the finished exhibits under colored lights.
March 5 – March 10: GCI Multi Block Classic
This competition begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5th and ends 132 hours later, at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th. Teams are composed of two to four sculptors. Each team is provided 10 blocks of ice measuring 4’x6’x3’. In addition to the hand-tools and power-tools, heavy equipment is needed to move and stack these large blocks of ice. Finished exhibits can be more than 20’ tall.
March 11th at 8:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony for the GCI Multi Block Classic
The finished sculptures are judged under white light at the close of the competition. Come to the Ice park at 8:00 p.m. and see your favorite artists as they are awarded for their fine work and fantastic creations. After, the awards, take a walk through the finished exhibits, finely lit under colored lights.
March 15 – March 18: Verizon Youth Classic
Fairbanks has a great wealth of young talent. During the school Spring Break, we offer a competition just for our youths. This competition begins at 9:00 a.m. March 15th and ends at 9:00 p.m. March 18th. Teams are composed of one to two sculptors and they are provided one block of ice measuring 3’x5’x4’. The sculptors use only hand-tools, no motorized equipment, however, they do have the added benefit of experienced ice sculptors on hand to answer questions and offer technical assistance within competition guidelines.
March 19th at 8:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony for the Verizon Youth Classic
Finished sculptures are judged under white light at the close of the competition. Come to the Ice Park at 8:00 p.m. and see the talent of the next generation of fine artists. Then take a walk through the park and see their work enhanced by colored lights.
March 22 – March 25: Spirit of Alaska Amateur Open Competition
Similar to the Single Block, but on a little bit smaller scale, the Armateur Open is an opportunity for up and coming artists to try out their own ideas with a block of ice and to experience the thrill of a competition. Teams usually consist of one to two sculptors and any participant under 16 years old must have parental permission and be accompanied by an adult while working.
March 26th at 8:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony for the Spirit of Alaska Amateur Open Competition
Amateur teams are recognized Saturday evening, and their exhibits will be illuminated with colored lights for everyone to enjoy.