Passers-by at Utah State University couldn't help but notice there was a lot of noise being made in front of the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall on Wednesday.
Who knew that chainsaws, hammers, chisels, grinders and bubble and router bits could be put to task to help make one of the most beautiful works of art in Utah?
With just hours to go - and under relatively warm temperatures - executive director of the local Culinary Concepts, John Simpson, along with a rotating team of students from the Caine College of the Arts, carefully constructed an illuminated ice sculpture, "CCA Electrifies," that weighs more than 7,800 pounds.
"Are you ready?" said one student as he and two others hoisted one of the 600-pound ice blocks up onto the others.
The students would chisel away and then use a hot metal plate to melt the ice - enabling them to fuse pieces together.
CCA student and graphic design major Trent Hagman worked on the sculpture for more than three hours Wednesday, taking a liking to the chainsaw to carve the ice.
"I just like seeing it take its form," Hagman said. "It looks pretty sweet. (It's) crazy how after all of this work, in a couple of days, it will be all melted."
The work is a multi-block sculpture constructed of 24 crystal-clear ice blocks fabricated by Simpson. The structure is 17 feet long, 7 feet wide and more than 7 feet high.
"We will be successful," Simpson said. "By 9 o'clock tonight, it's going to be gorgeous."
Sure enough, at approximately 9 p.m. outside the Performance Hall, the sculpture's lights appeared, showcasing a sparkling display of ice and colored lights.
Denise Albiston, spokeswoman for the Caine College of the Arts, said the sculpture is supposed to be one of the largest constructed in Utah - at least since the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Simpson said he has been in ice carving competitions for 15 years and has "never done something with 7,800 pounds in Utah - and I've never seen it done, either."
Victoria Rowe Berry, director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, said her idea for the sculpture was for it to be something "monumental ... spectacular with light and might."
The ice sculpture was unveiled during the "Celebration of the Arts" week sponsored by the Caine College of the Arts.
All of the colleges across USU hold their own celebratory weeks with various programs, and this is the first for the Caine College - established in 2010 - after the split of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
On Wednesday, the college hosted a concert called "Raising Caine," a musical concert featuring CCA faculty, staff and students as prologue to the unveiling.