25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles
Brent Christensen built these gigantic, ornate ice castles out of nothing but icicles, which is quite a feat considering that standard ice structures (think igloos) are typically a combination of snow and ice. He starts with a homemade icicle maker, which drips water from racks and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day, and these get fused with water onto a frozen pool of ice that serves as a foundation for the castle.
Christensen goes through millions of gallons of water for each ice castle, and by carefully forming layers with ice architecture in mind, he can build stairwells, hallways, and arches into the structures, making them up to 25 feet tall. They are then lit from within with colored LEDs for an eerily enthralling effect. From his website:
The Ice Castles are miraculously made entirely out of ice with no supporting substructure. Their beauty lies in their organic, ever-evolving nature. These changing ice formations are dynamic, larger than life, and something entirely new and unique.
The castles remind me of the chilly underground caverns filled with dripping stalactites and stalagmites. The photos are exceptional when light is filtering through the varying translucencies of each icicle.