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.