Doused metal tree becomes an ice sculpture in Choctaw

The 25-foot metal tree has a hose at the top that sprays water and forms an ice sculpture in frigid weather.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Modified: January 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm •  Published: January 7, 2014

— With temperatures in the 20s most of the day Monday in the Oklahoma City metro area, an ice sculpture emerged along NE 23 in Choctaw.

“I think it is probably unique in Oklahoma. I'll bet there aren't many other ice sculptures that you can find,” said Jeannie Abts, a Choctaw City Council member.

The 25-foot metal tree, decorated with poinsettias, was first used as a Christmas decoration in Heritage Park Mall in Midwest City. The tree was later acquired by the city of Choctaw, which decorated it with green tinsel during the holidays, Abts said.

One year, the top half of the tree broke and the city decided to stop using it. Abts, having seen ice sculptures in Northern states, asked a city worker to fix the tree. A hose is attached to the metal tree in frigid weather and as the water sprays, an ice sculpture is formed.

“I have seen things, of course it's always in the Northern states, where they do ice sculptures and they do some really neat things with them,” she said. “We don't have much chance to do that down here because it doesn't stay cold enough long enough but it was just my idea to fix it up to where we could put water on it.”

What emerged was an ice sculpture that changes every time it is doused. The ice sculpture appears only when temperatures are below 25 degrees. It has been around more than six years, she said.

The tree has to be repaired every time after being drenched with frozen water, but Abts said there are people in the metro area who look forward to seeing it every year.

by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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