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Opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia are Friday and coverage is has already started on KVLY. Meanwhile, at Valley News Live we've been working to unveil a wintry surprise.

You won't find this desk at your local office supply store. It's not only a unique, seasonal item... but at best, you're going to get a request for one every four years.

Designer and builder, Kim Brewster, put together a 1,300 pound work of art near our South Fargo Valley News Live studios. The ice desk was delivered in smaller parts and bonded together using a spray bottle filled with water.

Even for an ice sculptor, this project has been a unique one for Brewster to take part in. Brewster is no stranger to ice carvings, so when Valley News Live first approached him, he knew what we wanted.

"Its kinda cool.  My wife calls me an artist, I told her, I'm no artist," Brewster says.

Block by block,  Brewster and his crew, were very careful to piece the desk together.

"The toughest part is setting up and hauling when you trying to do big chunks of ice, when you're ice carving, that 300 pounds probably goes down to 150 to 175 and now you're hauling 300 pound blocks of ice."

It took hours to connect, fasten and level, with the final touches involving water and an iron to smooth the surfaces.

"So it's mainly unloading and we're working in the elements we don't have a nice flat concrete surface here."

And once together, it was time to illuminate, adding a logo and a touch of color.

Though many of us are still wishing for warmer weather, now we're hoping for at least two weeks of colder weather to enjoy our icy new set.

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