According to a report by BBC, the hopes and dreams of 1,000 people have been carved into a library made of massive blocks of ice for a new tourist attraction near the shore of Russia’s Lake Baikal, in Siberia.
The ice library covers 800 sq m (8,600 sq ft) at the Gora Sobolinaya, or Sable Mountain, skiing resort near the town of Baikalsk, and is part of a campaign to put the area on the international tourism map. Lake Baikal, the deepest in the world, has a unique eco-system and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Some local people came in person to see their hopes inscribed on the library’s ice “pages” – one woman told the paper she was pleased that her wish to visit the Lord of the Rings film locations in New Zealand had made it.
The library will not last forever, as Komsomolskaya Pravda notes: “When the warm weather comes in April, the dreams of people from all over the world will melt away with the spring streams and flow into Lake Baikal.”