Even with their thick blood and strong willpower to survive cold winds and heavy snowfall, Minnesotans can get tired of dreary winter days. One of Harrell’s main goals is to brighten up our monotonous weather.
“When you think of winter, it’s gray and bland,” Harrell said. “It’s not the Minnesota spring or summer … when there are colors besides white snow, gray snow and gray clouds. Nothing’s colorful (in the winter) besides pine trees.”
The company’s plan is to enhance Minnesota winters by creating a tradition of colorful ice sculptures. One way to do this is to freeze live flowers in ice and cut out a vase for them that will last all winter on a customer’s doorstep. Harrell was drawn to ice sculpting by its ability to bring color, joy and excitement, and he loves when he can do that with his pieces.
Minnesota Ice Sculptures’ young journey has been a momentous one, filled with a wild turn of events and opportunities.
“It’s been a blast with plenty of sleepless nights, but worth it,” Harrell said. “Plenty of days you’re totally exhausted and possibly a bit delirious, but if you push forward and you believe in the vision, work hard and do the right thing, you treat people fair and you treat them right, it all comes back around sooner or later.”
To Harrell, ice is a perfect metaphor. It melts and disappears just like time, or a special event, does. “They know it’s melting; it’s going away. So it’s this perfect little representation of that current moment,” he said.