Artist Creates ‘Ice Garden’ Outside Her South Minneapolis Home – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Whoever says gardening isn’t for winter, hasn’t met south Minneapolis resident Andrew Bentley.

He took his love for the cold and turned it into a heartwarming project in his backyard.

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“It just released that creative energy in me and blew that ice garden up,” he said.

Bentley said that over the course of 12 days he created 30 unique ice cream shapes in his garden, including flowers, a bench and a heart, specially designed for his wife Elizabeth.

“I’m an artist on the side and I’ve been doing ceramics for about 25 years, so I love sculpting and making big pieces, and so when I started working with ice, I was blown away, it was amazing. was so dynamic,” he said. .

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Initially, he hoped the project would bring his children outside in the winter, but they didn’t like the cold as much. He said his son helps design some of the interior shapes.

“Most people watch the weather on those freezing days they dread, those are my favorite days to do that,” he said.

To make the shapes, he uses balloons and various containers. He uses water to freeze them together.

“Every year our garden thrives both front and back, and it’s something we all enjoyed as a family, so it’s been especially fun to do.
make the most of our garden in the winter too,” said his wife, Elizabeth.

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Bentley said he will continue tending to his garden until Mother Nature changes her plan.

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