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Team Name:  AK Department of Snow

Sculpture Title:  As We Emerge

Artist Statement:  In a world caught in struggle and conflict this sculpture represents hope. Turmoil and Tribulation are not our doom, but rather the forces that crack the shell and allow for transformation to wonderful beauty. Let us remember to feel the embrace of the hands that cradle and support us in this process so we may emerge in renewed majesty and take flight.

Team Members:

  • Paul Hanis (Captain) - Paul has been an ice and snow sculptor in Alaska for 17 years. He lives off the grid in the remote Rangell Mountains. See more of his work at
  • Patrick Boonstra - Patrick has been carving snow and ice since 2005. He builds renewable solar and wind energy systems in remote Alaskan villages in his professional life. He is the best snow carver to ever come out of his home address.
  • Tom Lewando - Tom has been carving ice since the 90's and recently got roped into snow carving by one of his ice buddies. He also takes a break from chainsawing by working with glass in his kiln.


Team Alaska is Proudly Sponsored by:



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Team Alaska is Proudly Hosted by:

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