Gallery: 6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Co...


Minnesota Ice Castle Made With Geothermal Heating System

Relying on the power of his home's geothermal heating system and his adjacent pond, Roger Hanson likes to build amazing ice castles in his yard. Each year he uses water from his pond and his pond-source heat pump to create the perfect conditions to grow these incredible sculptures.

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan

This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto Studios, this installation was inspired by the game between Russian chess champion Gary Kasparov and Deep Blue, the IBM computer.

Illuminated IceWall Filled With Seeds at MIT

Last spring, third-year architecture student Yushiro Okamoto designed and built IceWall, a temporary installation facing the Charles River for MIT’s 150th year anniversary. Flower seeds were frozen into the ice blocks and when spring came, the ice melted and released the seeds into the ground, where they germinated and eventually bloomed.


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