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Visitors admire ice sculptures at Heavenly Village

Los Angeles resident Richard Dominick stands next to a statue of an eagle's head at Heavenly Village on Monday.

Los Angeles resident Richard Dominick stands next to a statue of an eagle's head at Heavenly Village on Monday.

A small crowd formed in Heavenly Village on Monday as a chain saw chiseled lines into a large block of ice.

The ice sculptor had just gotten started on another elaborate creation, while tourists admired completed works nearby.

For Los Angeles resident Richard Dominick, the ice statues were a symbol of skill and hard work.

“They’re fantastic,” he said.

The Colorado-based company Fear No Ice creates the sculptures, which can be seen all over Heavenly Village this week. Bears, snowboarders and Eskimos are just a few of the recognizable carvings.

Ice sculptor Peter Slavin said one of the goals of the company is to make the world a “cooler” place.

“We get a good crowd going here,” he said, “especially on New Year’s Eve.”

The warmer-than-usual weather has made carving and preserving the statues more challenging, Slavin said. So the three ice sculptors have had to adjust.

“We’re just being really smart with designs,” he said.

However, the Mauricio family seemed to be enjoying the artwork just the same.

Bert Mauricio took pictures of his two daughters, Hannah and Giselle, as they stood behind two faceless Eskimos sculptures.

“They’re amazing,” Bert Mauricio said.