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“Really Cool” Ice Sculptures Attract Big Crowds
Want to see some really cool ice sculptures? They’re the creation of Roger Nelson of Ellsworth, Wis. A plumber by trade, he owns a small acreage a few miles outside town. He started creating the ice sculptures about 15 years ago and has continued to make them every winter.
  Nelson has artesian wells flowing from porous rock formations on his property. He taps into the wells with underground pipes, which run to a couple of dozen locations throughout the property. He then attaches pvc pipes that rise out of the ground up to 30 ft. high. Holes drilled randomly into the pipes allow water to spray out and eventually creates bizarre ice formations. Even after a couple months of ice build-up, often you can still see streams of water squirting out of the pipes. Wind blowing from different directions causes the ice to change the way the ice builds up, which causes the bizarre shapes.
  Nelson starts creating the sculptures in December. Since the water flows all winter long, the sculptures continue to change throughout the season depending on the weather conditions. “You never know what they’re going to look like,” says Nelson.

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2