It's no secret that artists love to replicate architectural masterpieces using just about anything other than boring old brick and mortar. Adding to the ever-growing list of models made from strange materials—things like toothpicks, Jell-O, and old computer parts—are these near-life-size replicas of recognizable buildings hewn from frozen water. From the Taj Mahal to the Parthenon to Thailand's Grand Palace, there's nothing like some aesthetically pleasing ice to keep everybody sane in the tundra-like conditions ahead. And while most of these sculptures cannot be inhabited—unlike the world's exquisite ice hotels—the detail and scope of the works make them architectural show-stoppers all the same. Check it out above.
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