Shot this with my Canon SX50 HS in Bloomington, MInnesota at the Mall of America’s ever growing Ice Castles, this is a small portion of this enormous endeavor, reflecting the setting sun in its upper icicles.
Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.2.2
This winter, Mall of America® will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to visitors from around the world. Ice Castles, will build its largest structure ever, a castle that will stand more than 40 feet tall at its peak and span two acres.
It all starts with an icicle. Unlike typical ice structures that are built with ice blocks, the Ice Castle is made of icicles organically grown from 4 million gallons of water and then fused together. The castle will join 50 large ice towers together to create a series of shimmering archways, tunnels, walls and caverns. In the center courtyard looms the largest frozen tower, reaching more than 40 feet high. Latticed icicles connect the icy columns to the tower, creating roomy caverns. Inside the Ice Castle, there will be several “Throne Rooms” with a chair large enough sit several people. At night, the castle will take on a magical look as thousands of LED multi-colored lights illuminate the ice from within.
Beyond the castle itself, there will also be a children’s snow park area with a snow pile for kids to play and even make snowmen and outdoor fire pits to warm up around. Warm drinks and mini donuts will be available for purchase.
Growing an Ice Castle is completely weather dependent. As you are aware, this winter, Minnesota has had unpredictable weather! This means that as it stays cold, the Ice Castle will continue to grow, even while it’s open for you to visit. Because it is always changing and growing, we recommend that you plan to visit multiple times for the ultimate experience.