Igloos and ice hotels we’ve seen in the past were typically constructed with a mixture of ice blocks and snow, but inventive designer Brent Christensen found a way to build incredible castles using just icicles. In an attempt to find fun, wintery activities to do with his kids, upon moving from California to Utah, Christensen began experimenting with ice structures. Eventually, his practice led to his unique technique of working exclusively with spears of frozen water.
Christensen’s series of Ice Castles are unpredictably constructed towers of ice fortified by more ice. The enchantingly frosty structures start off with a pool of water, naturally frozen atop grass, as their foundation. From there, the artist attaches countless icicles, using water to cement them in place, with the help of about 20 crew members who work tirelessly to deliver Christensen’s self-made icicles from his personal rack, where water drips and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day.
Millions of gallons of water are used for each castle’s assembly, allowing it to reach heights of 20 to 25 feet. Additionally, the interior design of the chilly architectural constructions include tunnels, archways, walls, and stairs. At night, they’re even illuminated from within by multi-colored LED lights, heightening the magical air of the setting.