FARGO — For months, Fargo has been home to a colorful and cool piece of art on University Drive and Seventh Avenue South.
It's crafted by Michelle Roeszler, who teaches children and adults to think "outside the box" for a living.
"This was my way of bringing a smile to people's faces," Roeszler said.
Others are doing their own versions, like the one in Lakeville, Minn., and going viral.
After a few different trial methods, Roeszler filled buckets with water, poured them into plastic shoeboxes and stacked more than 100 molded ice bricks as high as roughly 5 feet.
"I was out here for three hours in negative 20 because it was perfect building weather," she said.
She runs her business Wild About Play, which advocates play for people from all walks of life. She's known as the "loose parts lady" and says it's all about sparking imaginations.
"I bring loose parts to all of my school-aged kids and that gets them to have to kind of rework their thinking a little bit," Roeszler said. "It causes you to build with persistence because things aren't like Legos, they're not wood blocks that are evenly cut and level."
While the temperatures aren't below zero anymore, the frozen structure's reign, starting in November, is dwindling to an end.
Roeszler says that was to be expected.
"Art doesn't always get to stick around," she said. "It's living art, which means it has to die at some point in time."
She considers this another teachable moment to lead by example.
"I had supplies; I had water, a bucket, a container and an idea, and I had to flesh out that idea, just like I advocate for my kids," she said. "I had to do the same thing. "