Catch ice sculptures in progress on the Ped Mall this afternoon

The public art collaboration will take off today on the Ped Mall. -- photo via OPN Architects
The public art collaboration will take off today on the Ped Mall. — photo via OPN Architects

This week’s freezing temps may have Iowans bundling up, but conditions couldn’t be better for the Winter Weatherdance, a public art project that launches today on the Ped Mall.

Architecture firm OPN is collaborating with UI art students to create what OPN calls “surreal, paper-thin, inhabitable ice sculptures” across the Ped Mall.

The project brings to life the Weatherdance Fountain, located at the center of the Ped Mall, which usually lies dormant during winter. The sculptures will take inspiration from the arcs and angles of the water that flows from the fountain in the warmer months.

Water spraying for the sculptures will begin at 1 p.m. and they will continue to be arranged across the Ped Mall from 2-5 p.m. A celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. with music from Moody Womb, a hot chocolate bar courtesy of Yotopia and free cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes. The ice sculptures are expected to take shape around nightfall. Visitors can participate in the fun on Instagram by using the hashtag #winterweatherdance.

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