If you live in Minnesota and have never visited the "Art Shanty Projects" then you must.
My Niece Jensen and I checked out this quaint little village of artistic ice houses
located on frozen Lake Harriet in south west Minneapolis.
With temps barely reaching 20 degrees and a brisk wind on our backs we trudged across the lake to where all the action was
I was a little leary when I saw this sign as we approached the lake,
possibly planted there as part of the event
Big cracks in the ice didn't deter us as I'm sure the ice is at least 10" think.... I hoped
One of the events taking place that Sunday afternoon was
Folks brought their own
snowga yoga mats and many participated.
Jensen had her own style
A fire on the ice
This Art Shanty was named "The Tomb of the unknown Minnow"
"The Tomb of the Unknown Minnow is a mausoleum honoring the sacrifices made by minnows throughout the year as bait for Minnesotans fishing for food and sport. By bestowing rituals reserved for our most honored dead onto a part of nature commonly viewed as insignificant, we hope to engage participants in a deeper understanding of what the natural world sacrifices for our survival and comfort".
Jensen's dad Darin works with Sarah who is one of the artist that created this Shanty
Here Sarah is giving us a tour of the minnows story.
This shanty is called "Why not knit"
If you look close you can see the balls of yard at the top.
Needles are attached to the started projects, you can even knit a few rows yourself.
Here Jensen threw a scarf around her neck.
Fun to watch these bikes with winged insects buzzing around the lake
Jensen on her monarch bike
Jensen checked out this wooden swing.
You can read about all the shanty's Here
Just a neat looking ice sculpture
Jensen and I
I love spending time with this one.
All kinds of fun for the little ones
This was perhaps the most colorful Shanty
The "Monarch Butterfly Migration Shanty"
"Butterflies are Welcome"
These monarchs are all made of paper
Someone was creative and made a wheelchair for this elderly gentleman
equipped with skis on the bottom to make gliding along the snow and ice very easy.
This boat allow for several people to board all at once.
The captain (and helpers) then rocked it to give the occupants the feel of being on a boat at sea.
Have you ever ventured out to see the Art Shanty's? I would love to hear what you think of the event.