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2009 World Ice Art Championships

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It was late February when we arrived in Fairbanks for the last of the Olympic qualifiers. This was our final chance to win an american spot at the 2010 Olympic Arts Festival in Vancouver, BC.

This was a three-day competition and two man event. We had one block of ice that stood 8 feet tall x 5 feet wide x 3 feet thick. Jeff Petercsak and I had our plan already laid out and we knew what we had to do.

 

The first day went according to schedule but on the second day we would run into a few snags. Jeff and I picked up a virus some how, and found ourselves struggling to get back out in the cold. Jeff was forced to take the morning off and rest. Aaron Costic was kind enough to share a home remedy which ended up getting our team back on our feet.

 

Once Jeff was back to work it was all smooth sailing once again. We finished up by 3:00 on the last day (6 hours early) and spent a lot of time cleaning and polishing our piece.

 

In the end we placed second in the realistic category and turned out to be the highest placing american team which allowed us to compete as Team NICA and represent the USA at the Olympics Arts Festival.

 

Special thanks to Eric Pfaff for his artwork. He designed this sculpture and allowed us to use it in this competition.

 

March, 2009
by Greg Butauski

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"Leafy Lunch" - 2nd place - Realistic

World Ice Art Championships

Carved by Greg Butauski & Jeff Petercsak

Design provided by Eric Pfaff

 

This is a Horned Devil Caterpillar on a tree branch eating his favorite meal, leaves.

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