2002 Olympic Arts Festival ice carving competition in Provo, Utah

Part 2; photos courtesy of Chuck Cooper

Vivat Hongpong sculpts "The Sound of Paradise."
Vivat Hongpong at work on "The Sound of Paradise"
Here's the second part of this gallery. If you missed the first part, then you can go back to it.

One of the interesting aspects of this Olympics and of this competition was that this was one of the first world class events that the U.S. faced in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks. The Super Bowl in New Orleans just prior was another. (And I was in Nola for that too.) So security was extremely tight and air travel had become very different from what it used to be. Traveling with chainsaws etc. in your luggage had become quite an interesting experience.

“Guardian of Justice” by Takashi Ito & Hiroshi Takahashi
(Canada; site 16)

“The Sound of Paradise” by Vivat Hongpong & Art Hongpong;
Gold medal
(Thailand; site 18)

“Peace to the World” by Vladimir Zhikhartsev & Sergei Loguinov
(Russia; site 19)

“The Sound of Paradise” by Vivat Hongpong & Art Hongpong;
Gold medal
(Thailand; site 18)




“Living in the Ice Age” by Noburu Yasuda & Hiroaki Kimura
(Japan; site 20)

“The Passing of Liberty” by Ron Meyn & Chan Kitburi
(USA; site 22)

“Whereby I Do Not Hear It” by Hayato Iwasaki & Takashi Inazaki
(Japan; site 23)

“The Passing of Liberty” by Ron Meyn & Chan Kitburi
(USA; site 22)

The other major challenge that this event faced was the weather. It wasn't very cold and, worst of all, there was a lot of bright sunlight near the end of the of competition. Some sculptures had the benefit of shading from buildings, but many did not. There were a few crashes, but to the competitors' credit, some minor miracles were achieved and at least one of the medal winners managed to survive just long enough to be judged.

“Fallen Eagle” by Aaron Costic & Tajana Raukar
(USA; site 25)

“Fallen Eagle” by Aaron Costic & Tajana Raukar
(USA; site 25)

“Hymn of Amphitrite” by Michel Amann & Patrick Roger de Campagnolle; Silver medal
(France; site 27)

“Hymn of Amphitrite” by Michel Amann & Patrick Roger de Campagnolle; Silver medal
(France; site 27)




“Hymn of Amphitrite” by Michel Amann & Patrick Roger de Campagnolle; Silver medal
(France; site 27)

“Hymn of Amphitrite” by Michel Amann & Patrick Roger de Campagnolle; Silver medal
(France; site 27)

Pratan Pimsuparp & Siripong Voravuta
(Thailand; site 29)

“Wisdom’s Gate” by Christopher Huessey & Steve Cox
(USA; site 28)

All in all, this may have been one of the greatest concentrations of ice sculpting talent that's ever been assembled. Certainly it was the most intimidating competition that I've ever competed in. And not only that, but the judges were impressive too. I was able to meet Mitsuo Shimizu, one of my ice sculpting heroes, and then, somewhat to my dismay, have my ice sculpture be judged by him. Oh well, still an awesome and amazing experience and something that I will always treasure as a highpoint. Hope you enjoy the galleries!

“Harmony” by Antonio Young & Kevin Gregory;
Bronze medal
(USA; site 30)

“Harmony” by Antonio Young & Kevin Gregory
Bronze medal
(USA; site 30)

the medal winners

If you missed the first part of the gallery, check that out. The comments form where can leave your comments or info about this gallery is below. (If you don't see a comment form, try reloading the page.) Or, check out ice carving secrets on Facebook and comment there. Thanks!
© 2006-2014 Dawson List & ice carving secrets: contact