Timber! Superior ice sculpture comes down after lots of tugging


The ice sculpture that refused to come down finally has – and all it took was four days of pulling, yanking, hot wiring, fire-hosing and truck horsepower.

The Superior, Wisconsin ice sculpture – constructed by Roger Hanson, aka "The Iceman," – cracked in half and tumbled to the ground around 4:30 p.m. Thursday after a lot of effort.

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According to Northland's News Center, Hanson utilized hot wires and trucks "with a lot of horsepower" to help him pull his creation down.

The mammoth sculpture had resisted demolition efforts for days, with steel cables even assistance from firefighters failing to do the trick.

He erected the thing in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for tallest ice sculpture.

Ironically, during his quest, the work collapsed on its own midway through after nearing 65 feet. And Hanson had to start over. His redo went about 51 feet into the air – just shy of the record (53 feet, 3.58 inches).

Hanson will head home to Big Lake, Minnesota to plan his next icy adventure.

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