Murkowski Sends Flag from U.S. Capitol to BP Ice Art Championships for Display on Ice Flag Pole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Artists at the 2010 BP Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks will sculpt a 15- foot tall flag pole from ice and display from it a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol sent by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Sen. Murkowski visited the Ice Park while in Fairbanks last month and noticed no flag was flying among the detailed and elaborate carvings.

"The BP Ice Art championships have drawn hundreds of competitors to Fairbanks from around the world to show off their talents and skills on what is, without question, the world's best ice," said Murkowski. "I am thrilled to learn that the flag going to the Ice Park will fly from a pole made of ice for the hundreds of visitors to the park to admire."

According to Ice Alaska Chairman Dick Brickley, carving of the flag pole will begin Saturday, March 06, 2010, and will involve competitors from all over the world. Brickley added that Alaskans Alan Armbruster, Anita Tabor, and James Stugart will represent the United States in the sculpting of the ice flag pole.

"With the BP World Ice Art Championships being an international event, we want construction of the ice flag pole to include artists from around the world," said Brickley. "Each artist will do a portion of the sculpting on the ice flag pole. In addition to U.S. artists, we plan to have artists from China, England, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine."

Brickley noted that the ice flag pole will be constructed adjacent to the Ice Stage and the Ice Alaska headquarters building and can be viewed on the web at http://www.icealaska.com.

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