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Discover art encased in ice at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's frozen maze

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is building an ice maze for the Super Bowl.
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Minnesota is all about celebrating winter right now, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art is jumping on the trend with an outdoor exhibit.

Mia is building an ice maze on its campus in south Minneapolis, near the corner of 24th Street and 3rd Avenue. It'll be open to the public in February – just in time for you know what.

"All eyes will be on Minneapolis for the Super Bowl," Michaela Baltasar-Feyen, a spokeswoman for the institute, told Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. "We want everyone to know how proud we are of our home and the way the Twin Cities embraces winter."

A spokeswoman told GoMN the maze design will incorporate the museum's logo and stand about six feet tall with 20 by 40-foot dimensions. The ice will be made by Ice Occasions in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

As guests wander the frozen puzzle, they'll discover artwork encased in the ice – images from Mia’s upcoming exhibition,”Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson."

"We hope people will be intrigued by the images they see in the ice and want to know more," Baltasar-Feyen said.

Guests visiting on opening night – Thursday, Feb. 1 – will be treated to hot cocoa from 5-9 p.m. The maze will remain open to the public during regular museum hours until Sunday, Feb. 4, and maybe longer, depending on weather.

And like admission to the museum, it's totally free – finally, a Super Bowl event everyone can afford.

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