Tri-Lakes Views' first public art piece is entitled "Ice Harvest." Designed by Tim Upham and Lisa Cameron, it is a collection of reverse-painted acrylic blocks designed to mimic the historical events of ice harvesting that occurred on the lakes in this region. The image is divided into framed boxes to represent ice blocks, painting the image onto the back side of clear panels to further emphasize the idea of ice. It is installed on the water treatment building on the corner of Beacon Lite Road and Second Street in Monument, CO. Over $40,000 was raised for this project.
- THE STORY BEHIND THE ART :In 1901 William Doyle and Thomas Hanks leased Monument Lake, known then as the State Reservoir, to harvest ice. From the first of November until the first of February, Monument could plan on the weather to range from 10 to 20 below zero every night. The lake would freeze over and stay frozen.
- Harvesting ice at that time was done by men and horses. Prior to powered saws, the ice was grooved in a parallel block pattern to a depth 3 inches from the bottom, with a series of horse drawn grooving knives. Ice was cut, then pushed up a chute and stored in straw inside an ice house. At the water box, which was at the beginning of the chute, men used a steel spud tool with sharp prongs on one end, cutting the floats of ice into cakes and pushing them up the chute with pike poles. The cakes of ice were 24 inches thick after being planed. The power for conveying the ice up into the storage houses was supplied by horses. 20,000 to 30,000 tons were harvested each year. 4,000 tons were stored in the houses and the balance shipped to Pueblo and Denver
- The wages in those days were 40 cents per hour for men working ten hours a day, 7 days a week. Men were paid $2.00 a day for their team of horses. The Doyle Ice Harvest was a major employer in the winter.
- In 1943 a terrific West wind swept over the mountains and blew down the icehouses. The houses were never rebuilt, and commercial ice harvesting on Monument Lake ceased.
- SPONSORS OF ICE HARVEST:Champion of the Arts $3000-$2500 : Classic Homes; Jackson Creek Communities and Monument Marketplace; Town of Monument
- Grand Arts Patrons $1000-$2500: Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado; The Morley Company; Sky Hall Photography; Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts; Peoples National Bank; Colorado National Bank; Rampart Realty, Inc.; Masterbilt Homes; Pikes Peak Community Foundation; Pulte Homes; S&S Homes; Tri-Lakes Printing; Tri-Lakes Tribune;Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce; WestWorks Engineering; Rebecca Hendricks, MBA; The Logsdon Family; GMS Engineering; Jack McNelly Construction
- Art Promotors $100-$500 : Aquila; Front Street Square; Boy Scout Troop 356; Mountain View Electric Association; In memory of Scott Konarski; Palmer Lake Historical Society;Children's Choice; 1st Bank of El Paso County; Fredrick and Barbara Roeming; The Ball Family; Mike and Erin Bramlett; Sue Buell, Yoga for Health; Karen Hadfield; The Hamula Family; Mrs. Warren Carpenter; The Hazuka Family; The Dobbs Family; Irene and Bill Walters; Jeff Drage, Mountain Creek Landscaping; Paravincini's Italian Bistro; High Country Home and Garden; R Rock Yard; Second Street Art Market; Weaver General Construction Co.