Oak Park Family’s Awesome Colored Ice Igloo Is Worth Checking Out
Having made the attempt at building an igloo a couple of different times in my life, I can tell you that putting together even a simple igloo was beyond my skill set. There's no way I could have ever pulled this off.
I know, cartoons and TV shows make it seem like an igloo can be built as quickly as a backyard snowman, but that's just not the case for most people unless you're a member of the Inuit tribe, the people who conceived of, and frequently build igloos of different types. Word has it that members of the Inuit tribe need little more than an hour.
Although It Might Not Meet Inuit Standards, Oak Park's Bulb Igloo Is Perfect In Illinois
As Fox32Chicago.com reports, Antony, Tansri, Jasmine, 18, and Joshua, 15, worked on their bulb igloo (made of bulbs of colored ice) for a couple of weeks before completing their family project.
Antony Wood said the first step was to fill the 12-inch balloons, add food coloring, then leave them outside in temperatures in the teens or below to freeze. They removed the balloons once the ice was frozen and started to build, using snow mixed with water as a slushy mortar. After three straight rows, he said, they started to curve the walls in until they completed the curve at the peak. Then, they built the tunnel.
Now that the igloo is finished, the eight-foot diameter is complimented with a 5 foot, 6 inch roof. The builders say that the bulb igloo can comfortably fit two people lying down, and yes, they've spent the night in it.