Ice Villages

Richard Johnson


Like a haphazard cluster of geometric shapes, these communities had no planning authority, street grid, or property boundaries. Over time, an ad hoc infrastructure was established. Roads were plowed, bait shops set up, and ice rinks created. What is important to Johnson is how the human need for social and family interaction defies the transience of our extreme landscape and brings people together under the common umbrella of ice fishing. What could be more Canadian?