A Snow Sculpture in Sapporo

A Snow Sculpture in Sapporo

The oddest, and most enjoyable, assignment in the last few years involved creating a drawing for the US Snow Sculpture Team to compete at the 2013 Sapporo Snow Festival this past February. My wife and I (who collectively know nothing about sculpture) found ourselves on a three person team, and had three 12-hour days to chisel something recognizable out of a 3 meter block of compressed snow. Luckily we had an experienced sculptor join us as the team captain, and managed to carve out a sasquatch, beaver and duck (drinking sake) going on a toboggan ride. It was an amazing experience, and we managed to learn a good deal about sculpture as a byproduct. You can read more about the adventure here: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2013/02/snow_business_in_sapporo.html

 

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