Superior Ice Sculpture Collapses, Creator Blames Warmer Winter

February 03, 2015 06:36 PM

The ice sculpture that was to have been the centerpiece of a Superior festival later this month has collapsed.

The "Lake Superior Ice Project," which had reached 66 feet tall, collapsed just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.  The structure fell straight down and did minimal damage to the equipment being used to form the sculpture.

Roger Hanson, who was hired by the city to build the sculpture on Barker's Island, said he had been worried that recent warm weather had weakened the core of the structure.  

"I noticed some serious seismic activity inside the structure and I was attempting to shore everything up," he said. "But sometimes, you know, there's not a lot I can do when mother nature will not be cooperative."

The sculpture was still the tallest Hanson had ever built, at 66 feet, and would have been a record-breaking one if it had been verified by Guinness. Hanson's goal was 75 feet for this project.

The sculpture was to have been the centerpiece for light shows on the last three Saturdays of February, culminating in a fireworks display on Feb. 28.  The city said officials will consider the next steps for festival activities.

Roger Hanson provided the video attached to this story.


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