Robots Ready to Build World's Largest Ice Sculpture Going up in Superior

December 03, 2014 09:30 PM

Superior will soon be home to the world's largest ice sculpture.

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Roger Hanson has already been set up on Barker's Island for nearly five weeks, and he'll be there for three more months. He's working on creating an ice sculpture that's 90 feet wide and 70 feet tall.

The sculpture will look kind of like a glacier when it's finished. The City of Superior contracted Hanson to build it. He's a software developer, and he's come up with a software program complete with a water-spraying robot to build the creation.

Hanson said he is an artist, but the art is not in the final product.

"The art is in the technology and the engineering that I developed to make this happen," he said. "What we see here, that ice, that just tells me I've done things right."

The final masterpiece should be ready by February. Anyone interested can track its progress on the City of Superior's website, or go to


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