Despite temperatures that threatened to melt their creations, a team from Japan and the United States used hand and power tools to turn 10 blocks of ice into The Fighter, a battle scene between a knight and a dragon. The creation, which beat out the work of 15 other teams, claimed a top prize yesterday in the Multi Block Classic at the 2015 World Ice Art Championships, notably sponsored by BP. Other winners included Russians Ivan Zuev and Eduard Ponomarenko for their abstract masterpiece [need something more descriptive than just masterpiece), Ancient Protector, and Vitaly Lednev for the giant chameleon, Lizard's Treat.
Currently in its 26th year, Ice Alaska's carving competition draws approximately 45,000 visitors to Fairbanks. Over the course of a month, over 100 professional ice artists from all over the world will tackle giant ice blocks specially harvested in ponds for the occasion. Previous sculptures have included a glowing octopus and a massive robot rendition of Michaelangelo's The Creation of Adam.
View some of the frozen masterpieces below, and head over to the Ice Alaska website to livestream upcoming competitions starting March 10 and March 17: