The snow fest. Just a week after deciding to quit my job, a friend calls out of the blue to ask a question. “Adam, you wanna carve snow at the snowfest?” This would have been a great time to think about my work schedule, or hem and haw about how it fits into my life, but the first thing out of my mouth was “YEAH!”. Some things you don’t have to think about, they are questions that call to your soul, and your soul doesn’t mess around! Deep down, I know I am an artist, and its time to mobilize and get shit done! YEAH!
And so from Wednesday to Saturday morning, I have been ensconced in the Zehnder’s Snowfest, carving a 6x6x10 foot block of Columbian Nose Powder. The plan was to carve a drunken dwarf, and the plan was executed to perfection. It took many days and some long nights to accomplish the task, but Sean, Spencer, and myself were able to do it.
For the uninitiated, snow carving is just what it sounds, you take a block of snow and carve it into something. The tools of the trade are sharp saws and chisels, PBR and sleep deprivation. Our team utilized a small model to work from, encased in a box made of precious tritium, and marked with grid lines for reference. It truly is a Cadillac of maquettes. With the right tools, people, and a good concept the rest is just hard work.
The fruit of our labor? BAM! This image was taken by the talented Chandra Rae, a night shot, it really captured the grooves and detail of the piece. Thanks Chandra! The piece won 2nd place in the State level competition, and can be seen on display in Frankenmuth, MI until it melts or is knocked down during a regime change.