Eagle River volunteers build massive snowmobile sculpture out of snow in place of ice castleSubmitted: 01/12/2020
Peter Dubois
Peter Dubois

Eagle River volunteers build massive snowmobile sculpture out of snow in place of ice castle
EAGLE RIVER - People flock to Eagle River every winter to experience the iconic ice castle.

Strange weather patterns made that tradition impossible this year due to a lack of ice. However, there was plenty of snow.

Rather than count their losses, volunteers decided to get creative. Warehouse Community Art Center Director Donna Murray-Tiedge said it all started with a phone call.

"We got a call from the chamber, and they said, 'We're not going to be able to build the ice castle, do you think you could build a snow sculpture again?'" said Murray-Tiedge.

Volunteers started working on the sculpture at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. In the snowmobile capitol of the world, there was no question as to what shape the sculpture should take.

"We really felt it needed to be a snowmobile," said volunteer Julie Winter-Paez. "We're right on the snowmobile trail, we're going into derby weekend. It just seemed like the most appropriate thing to do."

Public workers started dumping loads of snow on Wednesday, and dedicated volunteers took it from there. Murray-Tiedge said she's proud of the Eagle River community for making this work of art possible.

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