Ice fishing huts are small practical shelters that shield people from harsh weather as they while away the time trying to hook, line and sinker hungry fish in the dead of winter. They are not what people would deem artistic abodes. The Art Shanties Projects begs to differ. It is an outdoor community fair that introduces a slew of visually striking huts that explore "ways in which relatively unregulated public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments to expand notions of what art can be," as its mission statement reads.
Taking place in Minnesota, the Art Shanties Projects has been in place since 2006. It is set up every other year to protect the water quality and natural wildlife after the ice’s thaw.
Artsy Ice Fishing Huts
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LEGO Subway Stations
Artful Homes on Ice
Itsy Bitsy Ice-Fishing Huts
Surreal City Murals
Monumental Makeshift Toilet Fountains