Ice Art Alaska: San Francisco Art Institute Team

INTRODUCTION:
In March 2008, a team of five graduate students from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) are determined to participate in the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. Four sculptors will compete in the Multi-Block Classic event, which involves carving over 700 cubic feet of ice in under 132 hours. Additionally, we are bringing one archivist who will record and write about our experience. We seriously consider Ice Art as an opportunity to enhance our artistic knowledge and ingenuity, as well as to positively impact the communities involved.

TEAM:
Jesse Hensel, Team Captain
Eric Reyes
Stephanie Inagaki
Jesse Walton
Laura Rogers, Archivist

CONTEXT
Ice Art brings together communities from various countries -consistently from Canada, Norway, Russia, Japan, and China - and at all career levels including professional artists, students, and local residents. Each team has a different approach. Some will celebrate traditional craft while others will pursue edgy artistic expressions. Some will produce monumental forms while others will carve small-scale objects. For six long days, the SFAI team will work intensely together in the harsh Alaskan environment. During morning and evening meals they will reenergize and discuss different carving techniques and landscape traditions with other participants. This experience will undoubtedly benefit those in the competition in addition to educating and entertaining audiences worldwide.
For general information about the competition visit: http://www.icealaska.com/

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
1. San Francisco Art Institute
2. Make Magazine
3. Morrow and Hensel Consulting
4. Instructables

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