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      Ice sculptures melt more and sell more as temperatures rise

      Sculptor Colin Henderson carved the Gamecocks mascott in under an hour in a demonstration for Good Day Columbia. He says it normally takes him around six hours.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Ice sculptures rely on cool temperatures to keep from melting, so you might think record breaking high temperatures over the past week would slow a sculptor's business.

      The manager at Westside Ice Co. says that is not the case.

      The sculptures, which take up to six hours to make, are sold year-round, even during the famously hot summers.

      The sculptures weigh about 150 pounds and last up to eight hours.

      Business usually picks up during warmer weather even though statues melt a little faster, according to manager Patrick Bailey.

      "The warm weather does help, because people will tend to get married when it's the warm weather outside -- not so much in the winter time -- so with temperatures being the way they are, people are out getting married; ordering ice sculptures," said Bailey.

      Overall, the higher the temperatures, the higher the sales, according to Bailey of the company which also sells many other forms of ice in bulk.

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