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They're melting for the Ice Museum at the Orange County Fair

July 18, 2010 |  9:10 am

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During this July heat wave, the Ice Museum has become a popular attraction at the Orange County Fair.

Lined with 300-pound blocks of ice, the 25-foot-by-25-foot trailer holds depictions of classic artwork in ice -- "The Thinker," "Mona Lisa" -- as well as a Chinese dragon and King Tut.

"It feels good after being outside all day," said Melinda Vencill, of Costa Mesa. The trailer is beyond cool. It's downright cold -- about 15 degrees -- so visitors don't linger.

Roland Hernandez, an ice sculptor and owner of Anaheim-based Carving Ice, brought the museum to the fair. He said re-creating classic works was a challenge, but he was pleased with the audience's reaction.

"Their whole expression is different," he said. "If kids look at ['The Thinker'], they might not think it's a big deal. But when they see it in ice, they come to life."

Read the Daily Pilot story here.

-- Joseph Serna, reporting for the Daily Pilot

Photo: Kyle Smith, right, with friends Olivia Vercruysse and Charlotte Marin, peeks out from his coat -- provided at the fair attraction -- long enough to take a picture of a sculpture in the Ice Museum at the Orange County Fair on July 17, 2010. Credit: Kent Treptow / Daily Pilot

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