Super Bowl Edition: Ice Maze

It’s not clear if this is part of the whole Super Bowl madness or not. Probably not. But it is DURING Super Bowl madness. Maybe given the art connection, “Supre” Bowl madness.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has an Ice Maze for this Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 1-4.

In the last blog, we feared that we wouldn’t be able to get into the Ice Maze because we figured there would be a really long line. We came prepared for a line. Joel had a liter bottle of water in his pocket, and we had stopped at a gas station for protein powered snacks. We brought snacks! Becky changed into her boots in the car, so that we could just jump out and join the line.

We were shocked when we drove into the M.I.A. parking ramp and parked on the first level, 10 spaces away from the exit. Whaaaaaaaat? We bundled up a bit more, but we didn’t put on more than one layer. Inside the garage was incredibly deceiving concerning the temperature. We were greeted with -10 degree windchill. Becky wanted to leave right then, but we forged ahead into the blustery wind to find no line whatsoever for the maze.

The maze is not really a maze so much as a very large outline of the letters M.I.A. with some doors in between them. Throughout, there are large images of traditional Chinese clothing for the new exhibit going on display, “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson.” These images are embedded in the walls.

It may not be a maze, but it is beautiful. The ice carvings are so delicate and intricate compared to the ice castle in St. Paul.  During this time when the “Cities are on steroids,” we are able to admire and compare ice structures. The whole thing took about 10 minutes, and you can stop in and visit the free museum after. The maze was an incredibly creative way to draw people in to the new exhibit and the warmth of the museum.

By the time we arrived back at the car, Becky couldn’t feel her legs or nose. Whereas, Joel was fine. Joel is always fine.

It is cold this weekend. Super (Supre) cold. So let’s just wrap this up with some nice pictures.

The Maze from a panoramic view.


Joel is 6 feet 2 inches. He had to duck to get under the archways inside the maze. The maze’s height was quite impressive.
To get to the maze from the sidewalk, you have to walk a long bridge to reach it.


“What do you think the artist is trying say with these curvy lines?”

Our next adventure is Feb. 3 attending the Luminary Loppet. The temperature is predicted to be between 15-17 degrees with snow.

Until the next installment of Bacon and Ice Cream Super Bowl Edition, raise a mitten if you’re in!

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  1. Your pictures add so much reality to the written word. For those of us who have never been there, it helps us understand the fascination of the whole thing. Thank you for your “super” report.

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