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Like a phoenix, Superior's ice sculpture to rise again

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From the cubes of its predecessor, a new ice sculpture will take flight on Superior, Wisconsin's Barker Island.

Sculptor Roger "the Iceman" Hanson was back at his post Wednesday, the Superior Telegram reports, after he and city officials agreed the project that's been planned since last summer should not be abandoned after Tuesday's collapse.

The Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce cited an outpouring of support from the community and widespread media attention after Tuesday's collapse in announcing that the project would be resurrected.

"I'm not a quitter. My work here is not done," Hanson told the Telegram, and Mayor Bruce Hagen said the bank that's sponsoring light shows and fireworks around the Lake Superior Ice Project is also sticking with the plan.

The video footage of the sudden meltdown no doubt contributed to the spread of the story.

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Hanson was in the midst of an interview with the New York Times when the construction he'd been working on since September fell. The Times article then became a report on the structure's demise.

The Times notes that Hanson's 66-foot structure would have eclipsed the existing 53-foot world record for an ice sculpture, but his unofficial measurement was not verified by Guinness before the collapse.

Hanson, of Big Lake, has been living in a trailer on Barker Island as he works on the project.

The fall – and second rise – of the sculpture may give him more to discuss with visitors during a series of three "Meet the Iceman" talks scheduled for Saturdays beginning Feb. 14.

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