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Sculpted by Heather & Steve Brice, Aaron Costic and Thomas Lewando

Q&A with World-Champion Ice Sculptors, Heather and Steve Brice:

Where did you get the ice to create 'Palace Pet?' And what makes for great ice?

Ice Alaska volunteer crews harvest ice from a local gravel pit. Each team is equally allotted 10 of these 4' x 6' blocks. If the pit is cared for correctly and dredged regularly, the long cold Alaskan winters make for perfect sculpting ice. Once the pond freezes over in October, the thickness of the ice continues to grow throughout the months, sometimes reaching 42" in thickness.

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The Fine Art of Ice Sculpting

    By Gregg Rosenzweig

    Every year, right around the end of February, the world's most talented ice artists flock to Fairbanks, Alaska, to compete in the World Ice Art Championships.

    Happening mostly in the dark -- in below freezing climates -- icemen and women carve up gems from huge natural blocks of ice harvested from a local pond, known as the "Arctic Diamond." The result? Roughly 100 chiseled creations occupying George Horner Ice Park, 6 to 30-feet-tall, anywhere from 7,800 to 40,000 lbs.

    Impressive, yet the sad truth is that these masterpieces melt the second the spring sun starts to shine.

    To see some of the competition's best, slap on your coziest slippers and flip through the gallery to your left. Or if you dare, travel to the 2012 World Ice Art Championships, happening February 28 to March 25.

    It beats the Ice Capades. By far...

    All Ice Art Photos Taken By: Rhonda Y. Konicki

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