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Blue Ice

Jennifer Kaiser's avatar Jennifer Kaiser

Blue ice is a phenomena which occurs when snow falls on a glacier, compresses, and becomes part of the glacier. Air bubbles are squeezed out and ice crystals enlarge, making the ice appear blue. The color is a result of the way sunlight is bouncing off ice. Other weather conditions will contribute to manifesting this phenomenon such as, lack of high winds which allow the water to freeze slowly and evenly and dense ice. It is not common on large amounts of lake water, only ones unique to Michigan. Blue ice is also composed of relatively pure, untainted water, which allows the blue reflection to be so vivid and dominant. In this installation Art, you can witness the Blue Ice forming along the Strait of Mackinac where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron. This installation marks the sentinel of 10 years of ArtPrize, beginning with, “Open Water no. 24,” that allowed the ebb and flow of creativity, “Blue Ice” is frozen suspended in time silently and patiently awaiting the next ArtPrize.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 12 Feet
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 6 Feet