Japan No. 1 in ice art

  • Sun Mar 11th, 2012 7:42pm
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Associated Press

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A four-member Japanese team led by Junichi Nakamara is the winner of the 2012 BP World Ice Art Championships Multi Block Classic.

The team’s work is titled “Prickly Reception” and shows a porcupine with its quills arched facing a prowling leopard.

The 132-hour competition ended Friday night. Awards were handed out Saturday night.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that 19 teams of two to four sculptors for six days used chain saws, chisels, drills, hairdryers, irons and handmade tools to hew forms from 4-by-6-by-3-foot blocks of ice.

Each team could use up to 10 blocks. Heavy equipment operators were on hand to lift them into place.