Artist Tomahawk’s Rainbow Igloo Project Raises Funds for HAVEN, Inc.
By Jalen Maki
TOMAHAWK — What started as a fun downtime project ended up being an opportunity to bring people together to raise money for a local domestic violence shelter.
Michelle Arnott, owner of Diamond Rock Glass Studio, 12 W. Wisconsin Ave., Tomahawk, along with her husband, Brian, and friends, built an igloo out of nearly 400 blocks of ice in their backyard. Michelle said the construction of the igloo took about 50 hours.
Work on the igloo began late last year, when Michelle made 180 colored ice blocks to kick off the project. After the first batch of blocks were in place, another 120 were added and the colorful structure began to take shape.
On January 9, the last 100 blocks were put in place and the rainbow igloo was finished.
Throughout the build process, Michelle provided updates on the Diamond Rock Facebook page. As the structure progressed, the likes, comments and shares started pouring in, and by the time the igloo was completed, Michelle’s posts were garnering hundreds of reactions.
With the igloo sparking social media interest, Michelle and Brian decided to let people come to their house to see their work. On Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16, visitors made their way to their backyard, where the igloo (and hot chocolate and penguin treats for the kids) awaited them.
Michelle collected donations to HAVEN, Inc., a domestic abuse shelter in Merrill, throughout the weekend. Michelle is an advocate for HAVEN and sits on its board of directors. After all the visitors came and went, over $400.00 was raised for the shelter.
In a Facebook post, Michelle said she was surprised at the attention the igloo had drawn.
“I feel very lucky to live in such a large community,” Michelle said. “There were also people who drove for a few hours to see the igloo. Thank you all, I sincerely thank you. And a big thank you to my husband and all the people who helped create this igloo and helped with the open houses.”
To see more photos and videos of the Rainbow Igloo, visit Diamond Rock’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/diamondrockglassstudio/.