Latvian team win first place at Alaska ice sculpture championships

  • 2020-02-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - A team of artists from Jelgava, Latvia, won first place in the Multi-Block category at the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska, U.S., this week, local authorities informed LETA.

The ice sculpture championship brought together 11 best teams of ice sculptors from all over the world.

The Jelgava team won the competition with their composition The Heart of the Universe. The idea of the artwork is that the universe has no boundaries and expands endlessly in all directions, so its center can be anywhere, including inside each one of us, in our hearts, the authors said.

In the six days of the competition, artists Karlis Ile, Maija Puncule, Ainars Zingniks and Mintauts Buskevics carved their sculpture from nine large ice blocks, using around 15 tons of ice in total. The sculpture is seven meters wide and four meters high.