KOKOMO, Ind. — Normally during the winter months, business owner Greg Rush spends his downtime with family and friends, baking pies and prepping his greenhouse for spring.
This winter, Rush had a different idea.
On Christmas Day, he thought to build an ice sculpture in his front yard to attract more attention to his business, which is located on the far north end of town.
Since making the icy creation on Dec. 26, in 10 degree weather, Rush said that about a dozen passersby have stopped and inquired about the piece and taken photos in front of it.
Some think it looks like a rainbow castle and Rush said it’s totally open to interpretation.
“Everybody sees different things on it,” Rush said. “On Facebook, somebody said it looked like an angel.
The food coloring and dye Rush added to the ice sculpture illuminate at night from the lights placed inside of the structure.
The icy tower is made up of 6-foot TV towers as the base, with 100-feet of color rope lights, trampoline pipes and chicken wire intertwined. In the center of the structure is a garden hose, used to create the almost whimsical icicles that surround and makeup the sculpture.
Rush let the hose run on for seven straight days, and extended the length of the hose once as the structure grew taller. Now, at 14 feet tall and 22 feet long, the piece is completely covered in ice, and has become a point of interest for Rushes Facebook followers, garnering over 1000 views on one video recording of the sculpture in its beginning stages.
Rush welcomes the public to stop by Greg’s Greenhouse and Produce to view the impromptu art piece and take pictures. He urges people to be careful though while trotting around the sculpture because of the ice surrounding it.
As for how long the piece will be intact, Rush believes it will last until about May considering the cold winter Indiana is having. And then by the spring, when he’s preparing his flower and produce business to open, he said he hopes the people who came to visit the “rainbow castle” will return again.
Depending on the weather next winter, Rush said he hopes to make the sculpture bigger and better.
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This is an AP-Indiana Exchange story offered by the Kokomo Tribune.