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Single & Multi-Block Rules/ Guidelines

Contents

Section A: OVERVIEW

A.1 ELIGIBILITY
A-2 SCULPTING COMPETITIONS AND CATEGORIES
A-3 PARTICIPATION TIMELINE
A-4 SAFETY RULES
A-5 COMPETITORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES
A-6 ICE ALASKA WILL PROVIDE TO SCULPTORS
A-7 EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS PROVIDED AT THE COMPETITION SITES
A-8 OWNERSHIP

Section B: APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION

B-1 TO APPLY FOR THE EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE
B-2 LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE
B-3 REGISTRATION
B-4 DRAWINGS
B-5 BIOGRAPHIES
B-6 FEES
B-7 CONTACT INFORMATION
B-8 SITE SELECTION
B-9 FINAL REGISTRATION

Section C: GENERAL INFORMATION

C-1 SITE AND COMPETITION PROCEDURES
C-2 OPTIONAL PROCEDURES
C-3 GEAR, CLIMATE AND FACILITIES

Section D: SINGLE BLOCK CLASSIC- BP WORLD ICE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS

D-1 SCHEDULE
D-2 YOUR ONE BLOCK OF ICE

Section E: MULTI-BLOCK CLASSIC - BP WORLD ICE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS

E-1 SCHEDULE
E-2 YOUR TEN BLOCKS OF ICE

Section F: JUDGING OVERVIEW

F-1 JURY GUIDELINES
F-2 JURY COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES
F-3 JUDGING PROCEDURES
F-4 JUDGING CONDITIONS
F-5 JUDGING CRITERIA: ARTISTIC (Subjective) and TECHNICAL (Measurable)
F-6 JUDGING RESULTS DISTRIBUTION
F-7 AWARDS
F-8 DISQUALIFICATIONS

  CONTENTS
 

Section A: OVERVIEW

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A-1 ELIGIBILITY
The annual BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska, are sanctioned by the Internationale de Sculpture sur Neige et Glace (Snow and Ice). Competitors must be sufficiently skilled to produce a sculpture to world class standards.
A-1.1 All BP World Ice Art Championships are open to qualified artists. Sculptors are accepted on the basis of prior performance, design drawings and artistic background.
A-1.1.1 Minimum age in Single Block and Multi-Block competitions is 15 at the starting time of the event. Parental permission is required for all entrants under 18.
A-1.2 Team acceptance will be made on a first-to-be considered basis. Once the quota has been reached additional applying teams will be placed on a waiting list.

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A-2 ICE SCULPTINGCOMPETITIONS AND CATEGORIES

 

There are two competitions: the “Single Block Classic” and the “Multi-Block Classic.” Both take place at the Ice Park of ICE ALASKA in Fairbanks, Alaska in late February and early March. Each Competition has two categories: Realistic and Abstract.

  A-2.1 THE SINGLE BLOCK CLASSIC: 
This competition offers 40 sculpture spaces to teams with one or two members to sculpt one block of ice, approximately 8’x 5’x 3’ (242cm x 152cm x 91cm) over a period of 60 hours (2 ½ days). It starts on the last Monday* in February, ends the following Wednesday evening, and the winners are announced the next evening at the Single Block Awards Ceremony. (* Note: This competition starts on a Monday, ends on a Wednesday and ther Awards Ceremony in Thursday at 8 PM)
  A-2.2 THE MULTI-BLOCK CLASSIC:
This competition follows the Single Block Competition. It provides 20 sculpture spaces to teams of two to four members. Each team will sculpt 10 blocks of ice, each measuring approximately 6’ x 4’ x 3’ (183cm x121cm x 91cm), over a period of 132 hours (5 1/2 days). It starts on the Saturday* after the Single Block Classic, ends the following Thursday, and the winners are announced the next evening at the Awards Ceremony. (* Note: This competition starts and ends one day earlier than in previous years. )
 

A-2.3 the Abstract Category
This category feature sculptures where the primary focus and visual impression of the piece are non-representational, highly stylized, or made up of symbolic shapes or forms. The treatment may focus on the chosen theme, on movement or meaning creatively expressed by the form(s) or simply the aesthetic appeal of each form itself. The work may contain some elements that are realistically rendered, but these may not be the primary focus of the piece.

 

A-2.4 the Realistic Category
In this category the sculptures render recognizable objects realistically for the primary focus and visual impression of the piece. These objects may be real or imaginary. The theme of the work itself need not be realistic, but may be allegorical or intended to convey abstract ideas or qualities. The work may contain some abstract elements, but these may not be the primary focus of the piece.

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A-3 PARTICIPATION TIMELINE
To participate in one of the Ice Alaska competition events the Team Captain must do the following before the January 22  deadline.

  1. Apply in person, by phone, online, by mail, and/or by fax.
  2. Receive a Letter of Acceptance from Ice Alaska.
  3. Fill out and return the Registration Form.
  4. Declare which category (Abstract or Realistic) he/she is to compete.
  5. Send in a drawing complete with dimensions (height, width, & depth).
  6. Provide a short (under 50 words) biography for each team member.
  7. Pay fees.
  8. Select his/her competition site.
  9. If younger than 18 years of age, have the parent or guardian provide a signed age waiver giving the sculptor the right to participate.
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A-4 SAFETY RULES
A-4.1 Each participant is responsible for his/her own safety as well as the safety of other people in or near their site. (See also C-3: Protective Gear)
A-4.2 Participants must sign a hold-harmless statement excusing ICE ALASKA from all liability for potential injuries including death, theft or damage to personal gear and equipment.
A-4.3 Parents of under-aged participants must provide written permission for their son/daughter to participate.
A-4.4 If the height of the sculpture will be greater than the distance to the spectator’s path, the construction must be adequately designed to ensure the integrity of the unit and safety of the spectators. (See C-1.3)
A-4.5 Construction may be temporarily halted, if and when a safety issue arises, by any member of the Event Safety Panel, (the Sculpting Support Coordinator, the Safety and Security Director, or the President of Ice Alaska). Construction may resume only with the majority agreement of the Event Safety Panel or the approval of any three members of Ice Alaska board of Directors.

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A-5 COMPETITORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Each sculptor is responsible for the following:
A-5.1 Registration and payment of their team’s entry fee
A-5.2 Travel to and from Fairbanks Alaska (Plan to arrive one day before competition begins and leave the morning following the Awards Ceremony.)
A-5.3 Payment of PERSONAL ROOM EXPENSES (i.e. hotel room service, bar, alcoholic beverages, long-distance phone calls, etc.)
A-5.3.1 Food and lodging before or after the period of the room accommodations provided by ICE ALASKA (Ice Alaska paid accommodations start the day before the competition and end on the morning after the Awards Ceremony).
A-5.4 Care of their Personal sculpting tools or the rental of same
A-5.5 Personal medical accident or theft insurance (Ice Alaska is NOT responsible for any injuries, including death).
A-5.6 Sculptors use of Alcohol and/or Drugs while in Fairbanks. (Ice Alaska has zero tolerance for illegal drugs or open containers of alcohol in any public area of the Ice Park.)

 

A-6 ICE ALASKA WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING TO SCULPTORS:
A-6.1 Transportation to and from the Fairbanks Airport upon arrival and departure for out-of-town sculptors and to and from accommodations and the ice park during the period of competition.
A-6.2 Assistance with both entry and exit visas as needed by Foreign Teams entering the United States. Please ask for it when you apply to participate or as soon thereafter as possible. For assistance with U.S. Visitor’s Visas contact ICE ALASKA as early as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A-6.3 Accommodations for all Single Block Classic and Multi-Block Classic competitors who live more than 15 miles from the Ice Park beginning the night of Final Registration to the morning following the Awards Ceremony.
A-6.4 Meals from noon the day before competition begins when Final Registration takes place through breakfast the day after the awards for the respective competition are announced.
A-6.5 Snacks: fruit, pastries and hot and cold beverages around the clock.
A-6.6 Warm-up and clothes-drying areas will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A-6.7 Computer work stations to view the web site, to follow web camera views of their work, and/or access web mail.

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A-7 EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY ICE ALASKA AT ALL COMPETITION SITES

 

A-7.1 Each SINGLE BLOCK site will have the following:

  • Electric power (120 volts, 60 hertz in 4 outlets or one box, however 240 volts can be made available upon request.),
  •  3 lights,
  • 4 extension cords,
  • 2 work benches (4 saw horses and 2 tops), and
  • 1 five gallon bucket and
  • 1 set of yellow scaffolding. Additional scaffolding can be requested on your registration form.

A-7.2 Each MULTI-BLOCK site will have the following:

  • Electric power (120 volts, 60 hertz in 8 outlets or two boxes, however 240 volts can be made available upon request.),
  •  5 work lights and 2 additional display lights,
  • 8 extension cords,
  • 4 work benches (8 saw horses and 4 tops), and
  • 2 five gallon buckets and
  • 4 sets of scaffolding. Additional scaffolding can be requested on your registration form.

A-7.3 ICE ALASKA will provide barrels of tempered water for each neighborhood of sites throughout both competitions.

A-7.4 ICE ALASKA will provide heavy equipment and operators for moving and stacking the ice before the events and during the Multi-Block events

A-7.5 the ICE ALASKA Saw Bus will rent and also sharpen large and small chain saws, gas powered or electric, and sculpting chisels.

A-7.6 Sleds, shovels, and rakes can be signed out from the Sculptor’s Support Office

 
 
 
 
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A-8 OWNERSHIP :

 

When completed, all sculptures become the property of ICE ALASKA, which retains exclusive rights to the sculptures and may use any pictures, photographs, videos or reproductions in any commercial application. Others interested in the use of the ice sculptures for commercial purposes must receive written approval for that use from ICE ALASKA. All competition sculptures shall remain at the Ice Park for the duration of the time the Ice Park is open.

 
 

Section B: APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION

  B-1 Applications start the Participation Process
B-1.1 If you are new to sculpting at Ice Alaska, tell us who you are, your sculpting experience, a sample picture of your work, and if you will need assistance with entry/exit visas.
B-1.2 Applications will be accepted starting in September but must be received before the January 22 deadline. The competition spaces fill fast so it’s better to start the process early. Once the spaces are filled, your name will go on a waiting list.
  B-2 Letter of Acceptance
You should receive a letter acknowledging your acceptance within 2 weeks. Contact us again if you do not receive it. Wait until you receive your letter of acceptance it before proceeding with the next step.
 

B-3 Registration
Keep a copy of all submitted data.
B-3.1 On-line Registration
B-3.1.1 Open the Ice Alaska Web Site, www.icealaska.com  
B-3.1.2 Click on your Choice of competition BELOW

            SINGLE BLOCK REGISTRATION FORM
or
            MULTI-BLOCK REGISTRATION FORM

B-3.1.3 Complete the form (name, category entering, contact information etc. for each team member) and click on the send icon. NOTE: changes can be made at Final registration if necessary.
B-3.2 Paper Registration
 Come to the ICE ALASKA Office or request us to send a paper registration package to you.
B-3.2.1 Complete the Form (name, category entering, contact information etc. for each team member).
B-3.2.2 Mail or FAX the completed form to ICE ALASKA.

  B-4 Drawings
B-4.1 Make a drawing of your proposed sculpture. Include your name, a title for the sculpture, category entry, finished sculpture dimensions (2x5x8), and if you like an optional Explanation of the design.
B-4.1.1 Any changes in design ideas must be submitted to ICE ALASKA before Final Registration which is the day before the start of each competition.
B-4.1.2 The design drawing you submit will be used to sell your sculpture site to a sponsor. If it is sold you will receive $100. The design information will also be used to determine your scaffolding needs.
  B-5 Biographies of all team members
B-5.1 Biographies (bios) of 50 words or less should include a short history of your sculpting experiences, profession, and something of general interest.
B-5.2 These biographies will be published in the ICE ALASKA souvenir booklet and on the poster that will be posted next to your finished sculpture
B-5.3 Send the bios to Ice Alaska before the January 22 deadline
  B-6 Fees
B-6.1 Fees are $100 per team per competition. Payment is due on or before January 22. Unless other arrangements are made with Hoa Brickly, an additional $50 late fee will be due, if paid, after the January 22 deadline.
B-6.2 Fees are payable to ICE ALASKA’s Business Manager, Hoa Brickley. She will accept Credit Cards, Checks, Money orders, or cash.
 

B-7 Contact Information

  • Use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to e-mail registration forms, drawings, and biographies on-line.
  • Send mailed items (Checks, Money Orders, forms, drawings, etc.)  to ICE ALASKA, PO Box 83134, Fairbanks, AK 99708
  • Deliver items in person (Money, drawings, etc.) to the Ice Park Office, 470 Ethel Stoneman Blvd (off Peger Road), in Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • To pay by Credit Card, phone Hoa Brickley, the Ice Alaska Business Manager at 907-388-6388 or E-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

•    Fax items to: (907) 456-1951

  • To view site pictures: 1) go to the web site, www.icealaska.com, 2) click  competition icon, 3) click Single Block site selections
  • Use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with U.S. Visitor’s Visas
  • E-mail your site selection to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

B-8 Site Selection
After B-1 to B-6 has been completed you can select your competition site.
B-8.1 Selection can be done by walking thru the sites or by viewing pictures of the sites on the Internet.
B-8.2 Give a prioritized list of 5 sites in case your 1st selections have already been assigned. Selection is prioritized by registration completed order. (The 1st to complete their registration, bios, drawings, etc. get 1st choice of site selection).
B-8.3 After the January 22 deadline, teams that have not selected their site will be assigned a site based on their drawing and completed registration order.

 

B-9 Final Registration
Final Registration will be available on the day before the start of each competition. An optional early Final Registration will occur one day earlier for those already in Fairbanks.
B-9.1 Team captains will check the completeness and accuracy of all submitted information.
B-9.2 The registrars will distribute information about local transportation, meal schedule, special entertainment and social events, opportunities to help with event organization, and how to rent and purchase tools and gear.
B-9.3 Team members must verify their personal data and sign waiver forms
B-9.4 Parents of Sculptors under the age of 18 must sign a Consent Statement at final registration unless other arrangements have been made. (Contact the appropriate event coordinator if you have questions. )

 
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SECTION C: GENERAL INFORMATION

 

C-1 SITE AND COMPETITION PROCEDURES

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C-1.1 Sculpture sites are designated spaces located along a viewing path. Most sites are surrounded by trees. The viewing public are welcome to view the sculptors at work, but are not allowed inside the sculpting sites at any time.
C-1.2 Before the official start of the competition teams may arrange tools, prepare electric power lines, work benches and scaffolds but must NOT mark or sculpt the ice block(s) assigned to them.
C-1.3 Sunshine damages ice sculptures. Shade provided by erected “sun screens”, black curtains or panels, and/or nearby trees will extend the pristine appearance of the sculptures only IF the sculptures are located in the shaded areas. ICE ALASKA will mark the best location for the base of your intended sculpture. The sun screens also provide effective photo backgrounds for all to enjoy the sculptures until the Ice Park finally closes.
C-1.4 Teams must keep their sculpting sites clean. Unwanted ice chips should be moved to the edge of the road just outside their site. Ice Park volunteers will remove the chips. Cleanliness of the work site is an important safety consideration, and the Site Official may at his or her discretion declare any site unsafe and require the team to stop work until the deficiency is corrected.
C-1.5 Teams are responsible for selecting the color(s), number and placement of lights for their sculpture within the time of the competition. Lights, colored gels and power cords will be provided by ICE ALASKA.
C-1.5.1 For the purpose of judging, only 3 white lights are allowed for each Single Block site, and up to 7 white lights to each Multi-Block site.
C-1.5.2 Colored Gels will be installed over the lights by ICE ALASKA volunteers the day after the judging is complete and will illuminate the sculptures every night until the Ice Park closes.
C-1.6 Stanchions and barrier pillars are optional but, if used as part of your presentation plan, must be constructed during the official competition period. The use of chainsaws, chisels, or sculpting tools is no longer allowed after the sound of the horn officially ends the competition.
C-1.7 Teams have 60 minutes between the end of the competition and the start of the judging process to make your site pleasing to the viewing public: to rake their site, adjust their lights, remove their tools, make their empty work benches and scaffolds available to ICE ALASKA volunteers for removal, and install rope barriers. Sculptors are NOT allowed to touch their sculpture or use their sculpting tools during this period. (See C-2.2 and C-2.3)
C-1.7.1 Rope for your barrier may be obtained from the logistic people or from the Sculptor Support Office personal.
C-1.8 Team members should not be at their site during judging.
C-1.9 Team posters will be posted at each site the next day. The posters will show a Team photo with members identified, each team members' biography, title and category of sculpture, and prize, if any.

 

C-2 OPTIONAL PROCEDURES:

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C-2.1 Each Team is encouraged to bring a flag representing their country, state, or sponsor. The flag may be displayed anywhere in the sculpting area. There may be opportunities for interviews with media representatives.  The competition sculptures are the centerpiece of the George Horner Fairbanks Ice Park where thousands come from all over the world, to view and admire your marvelous ice creations.
C-2.2 Teams may construct, during the competition period, ice pillars to hold the rope barrier along the visitors’ path to mark the perimeter of your site. ICE ALASKA will make the final determination as to the safe distance for spectator viewing on the sculptures and correct placement of the barriers.
C-2.3 Teams may construct, during the competition period, an ice stanchion or marker for displaying their design drawing, interpretative material, team name,
team facts: members’ names and nationality or state, for the public that is invited to observe construction progress.

 

C-3 GEAR, CLIMATE AND FACILITIES:

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C-3.1 Clothing for sculpting should be adequate for temperatures ranging from +400F (+4.40C) to -400F (-400C). Fairbanks, Alaska, always a great place to visit, can still have extreme temperatures during the months of February and March.
C-3.2 Air in Fairbanks is clear and very dry unless it’s snowing. Skin cream and sun block are recommended. Watertight, insulated boots and gloves are a necessity. Safety glasses, or at least sunglasses, are necessary to protect your eyes from both sunshine and flying ice chips.
C-3.3 Great care needs to be taken with the various power tools on slippery surfaces. Sobriety from drugs and alcohol is a must, but also a schedule of rest and work, plenty of liquids and frequent energy snacks are recommended as are ear protectors (against noise and cold) and special chainsaw safety pants.
C-3.4 In the central building at the Ice Park you will find a dining hall for sculptors and staff where hot meals are served at mealtimes, refreshments 24 hours a day, drying facilities for gloves and boots, toilets, email and internet availability.

 
 

SECTION D. SINGLE BLOCK CLASSIC - BP WORLD ICE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS

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D-1 SCHEDULE (2017 Important Dates)
• Deadline for Registration, Drawing, Biographies, Fee payment, and optional Site selection: January 22
• Optional Final Registration for locals: Saturday, February 25, Noon to 5 p.m.;
• Beginning of Free Artists' Accommodations: Sunday night, February 28.
• Final Registration: Sunday, February 26, Noon to 5 p.m.
• Welcome-the-Sculptors Social and Safety Meeting: Sunday, February 28, 6-8 p.m. at the Ice Park.
• Repositioning of your ice block and site prep: any time after final registration.
• Competition Begins: Monday, February 27 at 9 a.m.
• Competition Ends: Wed. March 02 at 9 p.m.
• Competition Clean-up or making their site presentable to the viewing public: Wednesday, March 01, 9-10 p.m. (Use of Sculpting tools is NOT allowed.) Cleaning activities may involves raking their site, adjusting their lights, removing their tools, making their empty work benches and scaffolds available to ICE ALASKA volunteers for removal, and installing rope barriers.
• Judging: Wednesday, March 01, starting at 10 p.m.
• Awards Ceremony: Thursday, March 02, 8 p.m.;
• End of Free Artists' Accommodations: Friday (morning), March 03, unless you are a Multi-Block Classic participant. (See Sections A and B for more details)

 

D-1.1 Sculptors arriving by air will be met at the Airport by volunteers and taken to their accommodations.
D-1.2 Site Selection is done by the team captain before the January 21 deadline. Site assignment after the January 21 deadline is done by a committee composed of three persons (Sculptors Representative, Sculptors Support Office Representative, and the Chairman of the Event). (See B-7.1)
D-1.2.1 Sculpture sites vary in shape and size. Most are about 15’ x 15’ (4.6m x 4.6m). Each site has a gravel pad and an electric panel with 4 outlets. Power is 120 volts, 60 hertz though 240 volts can be arranged upon request.
D-1.3 Every 4th year is an Olympic Qualification Year. The US team with the highest jury scores in the Single Block Classic (regardless of abstract or realistic category) will be sent to the International Ice Sculpting Competition of the Olympic Arts Festival. If the host Olympic country does not include an Olympic Arts Festival Ice Sculpting competition, each artist will receive a monetary amount to be determined by the ICE ALASKA Board of Directors in recognition of their Qualification. (For example; 2017 is a selection year for the 2018 Winter Olympic Arts Festival. The next qualifier will be in 2017.)

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D-2 YOUR ONE TALL BLOCK OF ICE for the SINGLE BLOCK CLASSIC
D-2.1 Your one large block of ice, approximately 8’x 5’x 3’ (242cm x 152cm x 91cm)* will be on-site by the finish of Final Registration. The natural ice thickness of 3’ may vary slightly. One of the 5’ x 8’ surfaces is usually crusted with 3” (8cm) of icy and opaque snow. ICE ALASKA will try to inform sculptors by email and on the web site of the actual thickness of the harvested ice.
*Ice Alaska guarantees 93 cubic feet of clear ice for the single block. If there is less than 93 cubic feet of clear ice, additional ice will be supplied, if requested, to equal 93 cubic feet. (93 Cubic feet is basically 28 inches of depth on single block.)  
D-2.2 You may have your block repositioned any time after Final Registration and before the start of the competition.
D-2.3 Teams are not allowed to use powered equipment for lifting or moving any of the ice in the Single Block Classic. However, assistance from staff or other sculptors for manual lifting or moving is allowed.

 
 
 

SECTION E: MULTI-BLOCK CLASSIC BP WORLD ICE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS

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E-1 SCHEDULE (2017 Important Dates)
• Deadline for Registration, Drawing, Biographies, Fee payment, and optional Site selection: January 22.
• Early Final Registration: Thursday, March 02, Noon to 5 p.m.
• Beginning of Free Accommodations: Friday evening, March 03
• Final Registration: Friday, March 03, Noon to 5 p.m.
• Welcome-the-Sculptors Social and Safety Meeting: Friday, March 03, 6-10 p.m.
• Competition Begins: Saturday, March 04, 9 a.m.
• Competition Ends: Thursday, March. 09, 9 p.m.
• Competition Clean-up: Thursday, March. 09, 9-10 p.m.
• Judging: Thursday, March 09, starting at 10 p.m.
• Awards Ceremony: Friday, March 10, 8 p.m.
• End of Free Accommodations: Saturday morning, March 11.
(See Sections A and B, above, for more details

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E-2 YOUR TEN BLOCKS OF ICE for THE MULTI-BLOCK CLASSIC

E-2.1 Ten blocks of ice, each approximately 6’ x 4’x 3’ (182cm x 121cm x 91cm) will be in either your work area or your competition site at the start of the event. Each multi-block will have a minimum volume of 81cubic feet (27” x 4’ x 5’). Teams may exchange up to 2 blocks if desired. The Operations Section will assist with the exchange.
E-2.1.1 the thickness of the harvested ice, approximately 3’, may vary depending on the weather. One of the 4’ x 6’sides is usually crusted with 3” (8cm) of icy, opaque snow.  ICE ALASKA will try to inform sculptors by email and on the web site of the actual thickness of the harvested ice.
E-2.2 Competition sites are 40’x40’. The competition sites are separated from each other by a 3-foot wide divider on which 3 power poles stand 15 feet apart from back to front. The back of the competition pad lies approximately 10 feet from the trees. Sunscreens will be hung between the poles to make a visually pleasing background.
E-2.3 each Team will have an additional adjacent work area measuring approximately 25’x25’ (8m x 8m) located across an access road.
E-2.4 The road separating the two areas must remain clear for support staff traffic
E-2.5 Ice is a natural material and no two pieces are exactly alike. The teams should anticipate using the natural character of the ice to their advantage.
E-2.6 ICE ALASKA heavy equipment operators will provide assistance in moving and placing the blocks before or after they are sculpted, as desired by the artists. (See Safety and Conservation issues at C-1.3, above)

 

SECTION F - JUDGING OVERVIEW

 

As with opaque materials like stone and wood sculptures in the round, a long standing ICE ALASKA rule requires freestanding ice sculptures to be sculpted and judged on all sides, including the back which only the judges but no spectator ever gets to see.  However, ice sculptors and designers are reminded that they are creating transparent and/or clear art works for a visiting public to view and photograph.  “Transparent” means that all sculpted details will be visible on the opposite side.  “Clear” means that sun or flood lights create unexpected highlights and sparkles in photographs and to the naked eye.

 

F-1 JURY GUIDELINES

 

The judges shall be led by a Jury Coordinator who has been certified through an accepted certification program. The jury shall consist of at least five members plus two alternates.  The alternates shall be available to fill-in if needed.

 

F-2 JURY COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

F-2.1 Appoint the Jury Members and the Alternates with the assistance of the Sculptor Support Office Chairperson and Ice Alaska Business Manager.
F-2.2 Trains the jury. Gives an overview of the judging process and discusses aspects of sculpting ice and Ice Competitions that might be different from other art media.
F-2.2.1 The Jury Coordinator may use up to 3 training sessions before the Single Block Classic STARTS and one additional session just before the Multi-Block Classic starts for training purposes.
F-2.3 Assigns two of the 10 criteria to each judge and makes sure the judge understands how to interpret the criteria.
F-2.4 Ensures that each judge works alone and independently. Judges are not to compare notes or to be in the same site at the same time.
F-2.5 Gives one scoring sheet to each Judge.
F-2.6 Collects the finished score sheets. Ensures they are complete, readable and signed by the respective juror.
F-2.7 Oversees the final analysis of the Judges’ Score sheets.
F-2.8 Ensures the final results are correct and remain confidential until winners are announced at the respective award ceremonies.

 

F-3 JUDGING PROCEDURES

 

F-3.1 Jury members and alternates should attend training sessions as directed.
F-3.2 Jury members and alternates meet just before judging to review drawings and pictures of each sculpture, to receive any last minute instructions, and to receive their Judge Evaluation Score Sheet. If all Jury members are present the alternates may be excused. Otherwise, as needed, they substitute for absent Judge(s).  
F-3.3 After their evaluation is complete, each Judge returns his/her score sheet to the Judge Coordinator, reads their scores to the Jury Coordinator, signs his/her sheet, and leaves
F-3.4 Scores on the score sheets are then analyzed and the results reported at the Awards Ceremony the following evening

 

F-4 JUDGING CONDITIONS:

 

F-4.1 Artists are not to be present at their own sculpture site during judging.
F-4.2 All sculptures will be lit for judging with only white lights positioned by the sculptors.
F-4.3 No attempt is to be made to keep the identity of the sculptor’s names from the judges so posters, flags, etc. may be left in place for the judges to view.
 F-4.4 Judges will work alone at each and every competition site. (Two or more working judges may not be at the same site at the same time).
F-4.5 If a sculpture crashes during judging process but before a judge has scored it he/she will give it a score of 4 in each of the categories they are responsible for. The scores that have already been written down prior to the crash will remain valid

 

F-5 JUDGING CRITERIA
Sculptures will be judged by two types of criteria: Artistic & Technical.

 

F-5.1 Artistic (Subjective) Criteria
F-5.1.1 Overall Artistic Impression: This addresses the sculpture as a whole, and is often based on the first glimpse of the finished piece.  Without regard to the other criteria, does it stand on its own as a good sculpture.
F-5.1.2 Creativity:  This refers to the newness and originality of the design, which could include a new treatment of, or new viewpoint on, previously known ideas.  The Sculptor has incorporated new ideas in design, technique, topic or theme to advance the art of ice sculpting.  Commonly used or viewed scenes, subjects or objects should not score as high as something that is new and/or original.
F-5.1.3 Expression of meaning:  This is how well the sculpture makes its own theme clear to the viewer.  The artist’s statement, if provided, should be considered in making this judgment.
F-5.1.4 Presentation of the Sculpture:  This is the extent to which the sculpting team can be expected to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.  The sculpture is properly placed within the sculpting site.  Artistic ice security barriers are constructed and adequately protect the sculpture from the viewing public.  The site is clean and inviting to the viewer. Waste ice has been removed from the site, not deposited behind the site.

 

F-5.2 Technical (Measurable) Criteria
F-5.2.1 Precision: This refers to how accurately elements of the sculpture are sculpted. For    example, how repeated elements resemble each other, how well pieces are fitted together, or how completely all-waste material is removed.
F-5.2.2 Proportion:  This refers to how different parts or areas of the sculpture relate to one another in terms of relative size.  Minor proportion variance should be in the 8’s, with more substantial proportion variances being scored in the 7’s.  Disproportion in a sculpture should be scored below a 7.  Proportionalities should not be limited to just the individual object, but to the sculpture as a whole.
F-5.2.3 Degree of difficulty:  This is whether the sculpture as completed is a challenging project for an experienced professional ice sculptor.  The factors considered here are usually those of fragility, physical balance and the structural limitation of the ice.
F-5.2.4 Finished Appearance: This refers to the final treatment of the surfaces of the sculpture.  This can be smooth and polished, frosted, or textured.  Whichever is the case, the uniformity and diligence with which the sculptor carries out his apparent intent should be considered.  Note that the piece should be viewed from all sides when judging it for Finished Appearance.
F-5.2.5 Use of ice: How well has the available amount of ice been incorporated into the finished sculpture?   The higher scores in this category would go to the projects that waste the least ice.
F-5.2.6 Technical Skill:  Does the sculpture show the proper and skillful use of various tools? 

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F-6 JUDGING RESULTS DISTRIBUTION

 

F-6.1 Placing winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony.
F-6.2 All competitors will receive the following after the awards ceremony:
• A list showing the ranking of all teams in their event and category,
• All scores awarded to their sculpture by the judges, and
• A ranking of the points of all the team sculptures.
F-6.3 Decisions of the jury are final.

 

F.7-- AWARDS:

  The BP World Ice Art Championships has several types of awards.
The total purse is $13,000 for the Single Block Classic and $19,000 for the Multi-Block Classic.
F-7.1 Jurists’ Choice Awards
The winners are determined by a panel of 5 trained jurors who independently judge the sculptures. The cash awards for the Single Block Classic of $12,480 (96% of $13,000) will be divided between the two categories by the ratio of teams in each category. (If there are 40 Single Block teams and 10 teams do abstract and 30 teams do realistic then ¼ of the $12,480 prize money goes to the abstract team winners and ¾ of the $12,480 goes to the realistic winners).
The cash awards for the Multi-Block Classic of $17,860 (94% of $19,000) will be divided between the two categories as in the Single Block competition, by the ratio of teams in each category.
F-7.1.1 Cash awards will be presented to first, second, third, fourth and fifth place winners in each category (Abstract and Realistic).
F-7.1.2 Medals will be presented to first, second, third place winners for each Competition and Category.  
F-7.1.3 Photos of each sculpture will be displayed in their respective sites during the summer months. Photos will also be displayed in the main building of the “George Horner Ice Art Park”.
F-7.2 The Ivalie Cox Artists’ Choice Award
The four team winners (2 Single Block and 2 Multi-block) of this award are determined by all competing sculptors who take the time to both vote for their favorite Abstract Sculpture and their favorite Realistic Sculpture, and return their ballot. The cash prize for the winning Single Block Team in Abstract and in Realistic is $130.00 each. Together it equals 2% of the gross Single Block purse. The cash prize for the winning Multi-block Team in each Category is larger, $190.00. The two together total $380 which, again, equals 2% of the total Multi-Block Classic purse.
F-7.2.1 Winning team members each receive a check for his/her portion of the team prize at their respective Awards Ceremony.
F-7.2.2 Names of all winners will be engraved on the Ivalie Cox Artists Choice Award Plaque that is displayed in the “George Horner Ice Art Park”. 
F-7.3 The coveted Governor’s Volunteers’ Choice Award
Each participating volunteer will vote for their favorite Multi-Block Classic sculpture regardless of Category. 
F-7.3.1 Checks for $380 divided by the number of team members will be presented to each member of the winning team at the Multi-Block Classic Award Ceremony. 
F-7.3.2 Winning team members shall also receive an award certificate signed by the Governor of the State of Alaska.  The certificates will be mailed as soon as they are available.
F-7.4 The Walter Coty Peoples’ Choice Award
Ballots will be available for the viewing public to select their favorite sculptures in both the Single Block and Multi-Block Classics. The cash award for each winning team will be 2% of the total Competition Purse or $260 for the winning Single Block Classic team and $380 for the winning Multi-Block Classic team. Each member of the team will receive his/her share to the total team prize.
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F-8.1 Remaining in the site for more than 2 minutes after the horn ending the competition has sounded. If an artist continues sculpting in the site once the horn has blown, a 5 point deduction will be issued. As the horn is blowing each team member must lay down his/her tools, step out of their site, and remain outside until their official red flag holder says it’s OK to start their clean-up work.
F-8.2 Failing to follow proper safety procedures after the unsafe conditions and/or procedures have been brought to their attention.
F-8.3 Obnoxious use of alcohol and/or drugs at Ice Alaska. Ice Alaska has zero tolerance for illegal drugs and alcohol consumption while sculpting.  Should the use of either become an issue, the President of Ice Alaska will issue a written warning to the Team Captain of the individual suspected of the violation.  If the situation is not corrected, the Team may be disqualified.  The President of Ice Alaska will make the final decision.