Big Lake Man Creates Giant Ice Sculpture

Updated: 02/19/2013 7:28 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

A Big Lake man is back at it again, creating a giant ice sculpture in his backyard you’ve got to see to believe.

Roger Hanson started creating these ice projects in his backyard in 2007. This year’s sculpture is 100 feet wide and 63 feet tall, which is taller than the Guinness World Record’s current tallest free-standing ice sculpture in China, which is 54 feet hight.

Hanson is a software designer. He said he pumps the waste water from his geo-thermal heating system in his house up through a pipe and out into the air. He says there's a steel cable that stretches across the top with a 150-foot span and a height of 65 feet.

Improvements to the structure this year include stronger and taller towers, break-away devices, nozzle design, weight control, pressure control, six temperature probes, software design, and other advancements.

The sculpture has become so popular that Hanson now gives tour. Come spring, he thinks it will melt and fall into the river.