Amid the Upper Midwest’s frigid winter conditions, Minnesotans are freezing their pants off. Literally.
The outdoor art trend — in which residents are leaving solid-frozen clothing standing up atop snowy lawns — was reported Thursday by a meteorologist at WCCO, a Minneapolis television station.
“Yesterday, right behind me, I saw the man standing in the yard and I didn’t really know what to think,” Minneapolis resident Justin Hauser told WCCO. “I thought it was a person at first, but then saw that it was just frozen clothes.”
Hauser said he spotted a pair of upright pants on a walk with his dog, and the pooch was so afraid he tried to run away.
The trend began during a recent cold snap and spread from one home to other houses in a neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis, WCCO reported.
A local photographer told ABC News he does it to entertain a neighbor who is less than enthusiastic about the cold.
Photos of the frozen-pants sight have taken off on social media, and news organizations in Minnesota — and elsewhere — have responded to the trend with glee.