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Ice cubists at work

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It’s a question most Kamloops residents have probably asked themselves at one point or another while crossing south on Overlanders Bridge into downtown Kamloops during the winter.

“Who the heck does that?”

The Guerin Creek waterfall on the rock face at the south end of the bridge is usually colourful when frozen, but no one seems to know why — or how, or who.

Until now . . .

Roy Rodrigues and his three kids — nine-year-old Hanna, 12-year-old Joel and 15-year-old Garren — have been colouring the hanging ice for six years.

He won’t take credit for inventing the idea, but believes his kids have been the only ones brightening up the winter commute for North Shore residents in recent years.

“To tell you the truth, I’d seen it done before,” he said. “But, I haven’t really seen it done since we’ve done it.”

Rodrigues said the method by which his kids colour the ice has changed over the years.

At first, they went at it with a mix of food colouring and water in spray bottles. Then they tried the same concoction in water balloons.

Now, they put the mixture into high-powered water guns — something Rodrigues said his kids find more fun.

The Rodrigues clan has only been out three times this winter, but the patriarch is hoping temperatures drop so they can resume their ice art.

Rodrigues said it has to be about -10 C to make the colour stick.

The artists don’t do their work under the cover of darkness. Rodrigues said the colouring is usually done in mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

“Sometimes people coming off the bridge will honk their horns or wave,” he said.

“It’s fun.”

Rodrigues said his kids are going to keep colouring the ice for the foreseeable future.

“Absolutely,” he said.

“They kind of consider it their waterfall now.”


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