Gore ice sculpture unveiled in Fairbanks

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Al Gore is now a wintertime fixture in Fairbanks.

Well, make that an ice sculpture of the 2007 Nobel Prize winner and leader in the movement to draw attention to climate change and global warming.

Local businessman Craig Compeau unveiled the frozen likeness Monday.

The 8 ½-foot-tall, 5-ton sculpture dominates a downtown street corner from its perch on the back of a flatbed truck.

Compeau said he's a "moderate" critic of global warming theories. He used Monday's unveiling of the sculpture to invite Gore to Fairbanks - where it was 22 degrees on Monday - to explain his global warming theories.

He says it will stand through March, unless it melts before then.

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