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When New Zealander Daniel Gray and his girlfriend Kathleen Starrie decided to visit her family in Edmonton, Canada, for five weeks, Starrie’s mother Brigid Burton thought it best to come up with a hefty project to keep Gray occupied (and test his resolve): she tasked him with making a rainbow igloo in the backyard. Burton had collected a slew of milk cartons and used them, water, and food coloring to make colored ice blocks. Gray put his engineering prowess to work, drew up some plans, and started building, using “snowcrete” (snow mixed with water) to bind the bricks. Five weeks, 500 ice blocks, and about 150 hours of work later, the rainbow igloo was complete. For more, watch the story video and check out their full image set.

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[via Colossal]

Goli Mohammadi

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made.

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  • http://misterhay.com MisterHay

    Because, of course, we all live in igloos up here :)

  • http://jhalladay13.wordpress.com jhalladay13

    Wonderfully done! My Husband is an Eskimo, more recently known as Inuit, from Arctic Bay , Nunavut. We have built a couple of igloos here in the Ottawa area, with the heavy, dense snow. I want one of these now! Thanks for sharing!

  • NonnyMus

    It’s amazing how the media takes an obvious group effort and writes it up as if it was the heroic work on one man. I guess women can’t be given credit for designing and making anything!

    I really look forward to the day when a mainstream media story like this goes something like, “a group of men and women worked together and built something neat!”. I won’t hold my breath, but I look forward to it.

    • Goli Mohammadi

      I’m confused by your comment, Nonnymus, since I clearly stated that the entire project was the idea of Brigid Burton, a woman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ric.kolseth Ric Kolseth

    And Mrs Burton said, “You’ll do, Danny, you’ll do.”

    • http://twitter.com/charityloves31 Charity Plaster (@charityloves31)

      *lol*

  • http://twitter.com/charityloves31 Charity Plaster (@charityloves31)

    Great idea, excellent execution!

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  • MrsGivens

    I’m curious–Did Mrs. Burton give him that jacket, too?