I was cruising around the Web today, following my muse, when a piece of amazing serendipity happened. I was looking at an article about this artist, Brent Christensen of Alpine, Utah, who crafts these amazing ice castles from just icicles and water. From a backyard activity with his kids in 2000, this hobby has grown – literally. His early experiments with wood framing didn’t work too well, so he started working with icicles for the frameworks. He builds up the castles over the frames with sprayed water.
After a couple of years, he started asking businesses if they would like one of his castles in their parking lot. At first he got no takers, but then a small local spa and resort decided to give it a try the following year… and the rest is history.
Since then, Christensen has become famous for his magnificent structures. He currently has two ice castles on display this year, one in Steamboat Springs, Colo., as well as a larger, more grandiose one he created in the parking lot of Mall of America near Minneapolis-St. Paul.
So I clicked on the video, which was cool, and then I clicked on an associated video, and discovered my new favorite performing artist: Lindsey Stirling.
At a mere 26 years of age, this woman astounds me. The more I saw and heard and read, the more I was amazed and enchanted. I have no idea what her personal beliefs are, but she struck me as very elemental and witchy. She combines violin, modern dance and dubstep into a very unique personal style. She composes, choreographs, performs, and works on every aspect of her videos.
After being dissed in the quarter finals of America’s Got Talent in 2010, she partnered up with cinematographer Devin Graham to start doing music videos. She took herself and her passion to YouTube, direct to the world – and the world loves her.
Her YouTube channel lindseystomp currently has almost 1,300,000 subscribers and has racked up over 102,000,000 views. Lindsey is touring in Europe and the U.S. this year – in fact, she’s appearing in Burlington in March and I am going to try my best to get there. I want to see this incredibly talented young woman in person.