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Photos: 'Crystal Gallery of Ice' takes shape in Downtown Anchorage

Chris Berryhill, working on his ice sculpture "One night in Anchorage." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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William Hartsgrove, left, and John Trescott work on their sculpture "Angel of the Deep." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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"The Dragon," an ice sculpture by Qi Feng An and Zhe An, in progress on Saturday. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Tian Zuo Wei and Hai Li work on their sculpture "Pure in Love." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Paul Hanis works on his winning piece "Windowpane impressions." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Ice carvers use a variety of tools to shape the ice, from chainsaws to drills, chisels and sanders. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Carvers work on their pieces into the night on Saturday. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Qi Feng An and Zhe An work on their piece "The Dragon." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Carvers work on their pieces into the night on Saturday. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Qi Feng An and Zhe An work on their piece "The Dragon." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Tom Lewando works on his sculpture "Love" Saturday night. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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William Hartgrove works on his sculpture "Angel of the Deep." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 4, 2014
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Nathan Turnbull polishes his sculpture "Embrace" with fire right before it is judged. He and his teammate Denise Portmann took third place. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"Eternal Life" by Qun Li Mu and Bin Yu. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"Fast Like Rabbits." The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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The winning piece, "Windowpane Impressions," by Paul Harris and Patrick Boonstra. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"Love," by Tom & Carol Lewando. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"Pure in Love," by Tian Zuo Wei and Hai Li. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"Freedom Rings," by Speareo Stephens and Ken Spears. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"One night in Anchorage," by Chris Berryhill. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"Angel of the Deep," by William Hartgrove and John Trescott. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"Embrace," by Nathan Turnbull and Denise Portmann. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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"The Dragon," by Qi Feng An and Zhe An. The sculptures in the 2014 Crystal Gallery of Ice will be on display at Anchorage's town square for the next few weeks, weather dependent. Jan 5, 2014
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As the sun set in downtown Anchorage early Sunday evening, competitors in the "Crystal Gallery of Ice" competition were putting the finishing touches on their intricate ice art carvings, created in just three days. 

Winners in the annual competition, hosted by Anchorage Downtown Partnership, were announced hours later as spotlights illuminated the carvings in Town Square against a dark winter sky.

Ten teams of two people each carved their block of ice over the weekend. Teams started on Friday morning and worked until 4 p.m. Sunday. As they finished their pieces, crowds began to gather in town square. Several other works, scattered around downtown Anchorage, were also in various stages of completion on Sunday. 

A five-judge panel assigned scores to the works, and announced the winners after the Sunday deadline.

READ FULL STORY: Winners announced in Downtown Anchorage ice carving competition