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Missoula Ice Sculpture Makes a Run for World Record

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Standing at 30 feet tall and weighing in at an estimated 100,000 lbs., hundreds of people are coming by the corner of South Ave. and Tower St. to check out Missoula's largest ice sculpture.

And the behemoth keeps growing.

Kirk Hennefer started building the ice sculpture in November, as part of his annual interactive Christmas lights display that allows drivers to sync the music in their car to the changing lights.

In the last three years or so, Hennefer added the sculpture to take the show to a whole new level.

"You see things on the Internet, people have these ice caverns so that's where the idea came from, but every year I have to try to make it bigger or better or maybe they won't come," Hennefer said.

While the ice sculpture was supposed to be a king T.Rex with lights around it, it has since taken on a form of its own.

"The early part when we first started it, it was the perfect outline of the skeleton of the giant T.Rex and it kinda filled it and got a body, legs and a tail that comes around the back  and now it's, it's gotten so massive... it's kind of a shaggy sheep dog, but it's getting bigger yet."

Hennefer keeps it growing by running piping up the sculpture that sprays about five gallons of water a minute out of the top.

Between the cold snap in December and the this week's sub zero temperatures, Hennefer says the statue has grown several feet.

Recently, at the suggestion of visitors who came to check out the show, Hennefer entered the sculpture to the Guinness Book of World Records.

"I put on the parameters of coming from a single-family dwelling well of a household. I still haven't heard back, but you know maybe, we'll see."

Whenever says the sculpture will last well into summer before melting completely.

If you want to drive by South Ave. and Tower St. to check it out, Hennefer still runs the light show every night, which includes hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights.

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