Sunday, February 1, 2009

Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions—Homeowner Version: Ice Tower in Stacy, MN

Most of my Uniquely Minnesota Artful Distractions have been permanently set into the front yards of home owners in the north and east Twin Cities metro area. But it is winter and it has been cold…Subzero temperatures usually suck the fun out of a Minnesota winter day. Especially for a home owner as they have to worry about their frozen pipes, horrendous heating bills and carbon monoxide poisoning if they unthinkingly attempt to warm up their cars in an attached garage. But as a hearty Minnesota REALTOR®, I did persevere and show homes this month. While trekking across Chisago County with buyers from Linwood to Wyoming, I drove by this ice sculpture in the front yard of a Stacy homeowner. It towers over the rambler home and begs the question, "Why?" The ice tower reminded me of the news report from a few weeks back of a guy in Big Lake, MN with a similar passion for creating unique winter art. He uses the water from his geothermal heating system and a robot to “sculpt” a new creation every year. Last year the ice castle in Big Lake finally melted away sometime in July. It was a much larger sculpture but got me wondering how long this one will last. Anyone care to make a guess?

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