Sculptors scramble to preserve creations

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Ice sculptors at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks were feeling the heat as temperatures climbed to a record 45 degrees.

About $1,000 was spent so far on dry ice to keep sculptures frozen, said Mary Gauvin, publicity manager for Ice Alaska.

Volunteers and sculptors worked furiously to prevent sculptures from melting by packing vulnerable pieces with dry ice, Tyvec house wrap and blankets.

Friday marked the third day in a row of above 40-degree temperatures in Fairbanks.

The temperature on both Wednesday and Thursday hit 42 degrees.

The high of 45 on Friday broke the old record of 44 set in 1988, according to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

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