Each year in a handful of cities across America, a team of artists turn 20 million pounds of frozen water into incredible ice castles straight out of a Disney film.
Now, for the first time ever, you can watch the the painstakingly-created winter wonderland come together in one of the most amazing timelapses you’ve ever seen.
Every year, Utah Ice Castles, LLC selects a few lucky cities to host their frozen works of art, and over nearly seven weeks, they set out to create their glistening fortresses one icicle at a time. No, seriously. That’s how they’re actually created:
Using a process they call “icicle farming”, the teams “plant” their ice on a wire frame where a custom-built grid of irrigation pipes regularly mist them from above.
Eventually, the icicles grow to maturity and are harvested much like any crop at a conventional farm.
From there, the icicles are merged until they create one massive, 40-foot structure.
The most incredible part? They harvest more than 5,000 icicles a day, and all by hand.
From the official Ice Castles website:
[quote_box_center]When Brent moved his young family from California to Utah they wanted to do something exciting in the new found cold weather. So of course, like any dedicated father, Brent went to work on an ice rink in the back yard….but not just any old ice rink. This first-time ice rink came complete with a 20′ slide, an ice cave, and a castle like tower reaching 20° into Utah’s rocky mountain sky. His children affectionately called it the “Ice Castle.”[/quote_box_center]
This year, Lincon, New Hampshire, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Stratton, Vermont were lucky enough to see ice castles grace their cities. Unfortunately, while Midway, Utah’s own castle was able to entertain visitors for a brief time, the same warm weather that delayed its construction cut its life short!