If the summer heat is getting you down, perhaps these beautiful photos from the 2013 World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska will provide some temporary relief. Each of the pieces you see here are from the ‘Single Block’ category, for which each team of one or two members was given one 8’x 5’x 3’ block of ice and a 60 hours period in which to transform that block into an awesome work of frozen art.

From its beginning in 1988, the World Ice Art Championships has grown to a month-long event featuring more than 70 teams from around the world. The 2013 event, which ran from February 26 – March 31 was a great success and scheduling has already begun for the 2014 event (Feb. 24 – March 30, 2014 – 10 am – 10 pm daily)

For complete information on this year’s competition and the upcoming 2014 event, visit icealaska.com for all official details.

Photos by Kim Iverson via Ice Alaska

Visit Twisted Sifter and Ice Alaska to view even more fantastic ice sculptures from the 2013 World Ice Art Championships.