Thursday, August 4, 2011 | 6:53 p.m. CDT
Armed with an electric chainsaw, Andy Jira — Tiger Ice Co.'s general manager — constructed a freight liner ice sculpture for Midway Truck Stop's red carpet event for the premiere of "Truck Stop Missouri."
Tiger Ice Co., which generates and moves about 50 tons of product a day, occasionally crafts sculptures like this.
Jira said the company conducts 75 percent of its business selling and delivering ice in the summer and has seen a noticeable spike with the lingering heat wave.
Uses of the ice have not been limited to drinks and party favors.
"The heat's caused a lot of demand that we've never ever done," Jira said.
Such oddities include customers who request large blocks of ice to drop into their pools, which have been warm as a result of this summer's excessive heat.
Andy Jira handles the cab portion of the truck sculpture with care. More than a few times Jira has had to deal with a sculpture falling apart in the middle of the carving process.
Andy Jira is pelted by a gust of ice fragments as he shaves away with a saw. Most workers have to worry about keeping sweat out of their eyes this summer, but Jira must contend with the occasional explosions of frost that come with using electric tools to shape the large blocks of ice.
Between sawing, chopping, carving and molding, Andy Jira consults a photograph of a finished sculpture as a reference. His project spanned two days.
Bonnie Krawiec takes a photograph of the ice sculpture on display at Midway Truck Stop at the red carpet party celebrating the premiere of "Truck Stop Missouri" on the Travel Channel.