Snow Sculptures

February 25, 2011

Are you about done with all the snow yet? This year, we had some of the most snow I've ever seen. Actually, yes, the most I've ever seen. We took the opportunity to build some epic snow sculptures!

{ Be sure to check out our very first snow sculptures, from last year-- Sir Herbert and Eustace the Dragon! }

(click on the pictures to enlarge)

We had snow and ice constantly from December on. This past week was full of beautiful, green grass and warm breezes... no ice or snow to be seen... but today I had to miss Taekwando because of more winter weather. I don't think we'll ever be able to understand weather. Where was all this snow past years, when my siblings and I went sledding on one inch of slushy ice?

It's not all bad, though. Snow can be quite beautiful. The two above pictures are taken from our porch and basement door.

(I apologise for the picture quality-- Mom took them on her iPhone. I was too busy sculpting or getting colds to do any photography.)

We went sledding... (New tricks this year! Purple penguins flying from one sled to another mid-hill, snowboarding with one foot, and fixing sleds with duct tape!)

...and had snowball fights.

That's just one snow fort.

The first snowfall, we made some large snowballs. They were going to be turned into either a dragon or a catepillar, but melted far too quickly.

Adelynn and I balanced precariously on a snowball. And aren't the carrot arms on the miniature snowman darling?

The next snowfall, we decided to make SIR HERBERT II.

Now, my dad thinks he's punny. Tell me, why did he name our snow giant "Sir Herbert"?
(Tip: Say it very fast and think about cold, yummy treats.)

Sir Herbert II didn't look like a marshmallow head climbing out of the ground... But you've got to admit that the hands are cool.

Dear Fairy People, meet SMAUG the SECOND SNOW DRAGON.

Smaug the Second Snow Dragon, meet the Fairy People.

We had so much fun with Eustace the Snow Dragon last year that we just had to do it again!

I did the head sculpture over the course of 3-5 hours. It was almost as tall as I am.

(I honestly don't know how long we were outside, and that was over the course of a long weekend when we were also sledding)

Ben did an amazing job on the tail, and all of the piled up snow for sculpting is thanks to Dad and Will, who shoveled the driveway.

(Random note on the aside: Who's ready to see Smaug in The Hobbit movie? Eeep!)

In the interim, Sir Herbert II had half-melted.

While Ben and I were hard at work on Smaug, Mom and Dad directed efforts on Herbert's Head. I think I know where my artistic abilities don't come from. :) LOL, Herbert does look really neat, though, like he just climbed out of a comic strip.

I think this version of Herbert should be Sir Herbert the Second and One-Half. Because you can still see half of Sir Herbert the Second there.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this peek into my family's craziness. Our new neighbors don't know what to do with us. I understand if you don't, either. :)

I think that there is something especially delightful about sculpting snow. This is the only kind of sculpture I have ever done, and the idea of setting a shape free from a block of snow must be the same sort of delight that Michelango felt while working on David. (Well, to a far less genius degree).

But even more than that, snow is so fleeting. Each of these sculptures had melted within a week of creation. There is something about the fleeting beauty (and craziness) that tingles my imagination and sense of adventure.

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  1. Oh my goodness!!!! These are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can't wait for the Hobbit movie to come out. Wikipedia has a basic cast list, and it's super exciting!!! Lots of actors who are in some of my favorite shows!!!!

  2. Looks like you had a ton of fun this winter! Us too, we had soo much snow. In, fact, we still have snow, and it's turned all nasty with rain and whatnot. I love to play in the snow, my friend and I made a snowman with a dried mango mouth this year!

  3. Wow these are awesome; I really like the snow dragon. Reminds me of one of the good things in my childhood, competing with my brother building sculptures. He would take hours making one detailed snowman while I would spam the yard with what he called "crude snowmen." I still think my work visually drew more attention purely by its awesome volume.

    I did make some good sculptures. A hollow triceratops, a 9 foot tall snowman, some giant forts, and others. I cannot remember, but my brother has a scrapbook full of photos.

  4. Thanks, everyone!

    A dried mango mouth? lol!

    Ooooh, David, that sounds fun. How in the world did you get the head on the 9 foot snowman? Once we built a snowman that big, and Dad had to make a little lever system to raise it up.

  5. I must say that your snow sculpture is not that bad! They are even very well made and most likely for the coming years will even get better.

  6. Have a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2012 ahead.

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