It’s 50 Degrees in Minneapolis. Goodbye, Ice Shanties.

February 02, 2024

Then again, there’s nothing quite like the Art Shanty Projects, in which intrepid Minnesota artists in insulated jumpsuits and ice cleats annually recreate traditional ice fishing huts, called shanties, in their own eccentric style on a frozen lake in Minneapolis. The idea that 19 artists’ shanties would rise on Lake Harriet — Bde’ Unma in the Dakota language — for this three-weekend event was never a foregone conclusion. To safely accommodate the shanty village and visitors, county officials required that lake ice be at least 10 inches thick. In keeping with the Art Shanty Projects’ D.I.Y. Goodbye, Ice Shanties.