- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The organizer of a major Alaska ice sculpture competition is hosting an arctic sand sculpture exhibition in collaboration with artists from China.

The exhibition at Fairbanks-based Ice Alaska began this month and continues in September. Exhibition representatives say financial support comes from the Chinese Fuming Lighting Co. from the Chinese city of Harbin.

Nearly 20 predominantly Chinese artists are participating.

More than 230 dump-truck loads of sand were harvested from the same ponds that generate the ice used for sculptures each winter.

The current exhibition features more than 40 large sand sculptures, a sandbox play area for children and a beach-like setting in Alaska’s interior.